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NSF Sponsored Workshop

Arctic Observing Based on Ice-Tethered Platforms

June 28 to 30, 2004
At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA

Just updated! Final report from the workshop is now online

In order to effectively address the highly complex arctic environmental science questions of the 21st century, scientists, resource managers, decision makers, and interested citizens will need access to more detailed and more frequent observations. This new generation of arctic information could be obtained in part by means of an observing system based on ice-tethered drifting platforms. In many cases, entirely new approaches to Arctic data gathering will be required, as well as advances in areas such as Arctic acoustic navigation, communication and tomography, automated unmanned vehicles, and remote sensing.

itp schematic
Schematic of an Arctic observing network consisting of ITPs, AUVs and cabled observatories.
The present workshop is being convened to bring together a group of experts to evaluate and develop the ice-tethered observing system concept and to contribute significantly to the design and implementation of a full Arctic Ocean observational array. It is expected that this workshop will push the boundaries in environmental measurements and telemetry capabilities, as well as the collection, integration, analysis, synthesis, access, and long-term preservation of the observations. The three day workshop will focus on the development of an integrated Arctic observing system capable of measuring oceanic, atmospheric, and sea ice parameters from the ice-tethered platform. Each day/session will consists of three parts:
- Presentation of ideas
- Group discussion
- Coordination of efforts, system improvements, plans and recommendations.

Check the agenda page for the most current workshop agenda. In general, the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. with a lunch time from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Coffee, fruits and pastries will be provided at 8:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. We will also have a shuttle bus from the hotel to the Quissett campus main parking lot depending on participant's needs. For more information on directions and hotel accomodation please visit the Logistics page. Please register for the meeting and submit your abstract on the Registration page.


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