Sensing the Arctic: Remote Vehicles

Organized by the UK Arctic Office (Natural Environment Research Council) 14. July 2016

This one-hour interactive breakout session, "Sensing the Arctic: the role and value of submersible and autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles" is designed to stimulate discussion between end users of the data collected by submersible and Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems (SAOS) and research experts in this field, specifically around the value of data; the associated political and regulatory implications; and the technical and legal challenges presented.

The harshness of the Arctic environment can make research access to its seas and remote locations difficult. But rapid innovative technological development is increasingly enabling remotely operated and autonomous vehicles to make observations in the most challenging of environments. How do we make the best and safest use of this technology, whilst getting the right governance in place?

Speakers will present the latest in autonomous technology; discuss the value of remote-access data and outline recent findings; show how to train the next generation of developers and operators; and consider the best practice in governance systems.

This breakout session brings together practitioners, designers, researchers and developers, along with those looking at current and future regulatory challenges. It is relevant to a wide range of people interested in the present and future of autonomous and submersible vehicles in the Arctic, their operation and in developing innovative research.

NERC Arctic Office