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Polar Technology Conferences

The Polar Technology Conferences  bring together Polar Scientists and Technology Developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments.  This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in the Polar Regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Presentations typically cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments.  Typical hardware topics include weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, remote communications.  Informal breaks allow for opportunities for networking and information exchange amongst the attendees.


More information is available at http://www.polartechnologyconference.org/

2012 Presentations
3-5 April 2012
Hosts:  Dartmouth College Institute of Arctic Sciences & Ice Drilling Program Office
The Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont, USA

Name
Affiliation Topic

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Roy Stehle
Steering Committee
Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Mercer
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
(CRREL)
Engineering and Technology Solutions for Operational Challenges in Polar Environments - An Overview of CRREL's EPOLAR Program
Dan Breton
Dartmouth College
Photonic Measurements of Firn and Ice Structure
Seth White
UNAVCO
Remote Instrumentation Stations:  Progress in the last year
Todd Valentic
SRI International
You Ought to Be in Pictures:  Experiences deploying low-cost camera systems in the Arctic
Ben Aspholm
Nathan Kren
Rhyan Lange
Dan Rhodes
U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
IceGoat1 - USNA Polar Science Program
Bob Bruninga
U.S. Naval Academy
Amateur Satellite and APRS Data Links
Alberto Behar
NASA / JPL / ASU
Micro Subglacial Lake Exploration Device (MSLED)
Louis Whitcomb
Johns Hopkins University
Development of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle for Oceanographic Access Under Ice
Mary Albert
Dartmouth / IDPO
Innovations from Ice Drilling Program Office / Ice Drilling Design & Operations

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Andy Stillenger
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Update of Automatic Geophysical Observatory (AGO) power system status and new equipment
Frank Heid
SFC Energy Inc.
EFOY fuel cell operation in Arctic environments
Roy Stehle
SRI International
Update:  GPS Trackers
Alberto Behar
ASA / JPL / ASU
Technology for autonomous monitoring and investigations of polar environments
Ngoc Hoang
NAL Research
New Iridium SBD and Full Data Modems
Gil Jeffer
New Jersey Institute of Technology
AGO Station Monitoring: Environmental and Instrumentation Parameters in "Real-Time" / Iridium Direct-IP SBD Feed
Tracy Dahl
CH2M Hill Polar Services (CPS)
2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Owen Roberts
NREL
USAP, AntNZ, Meridian Energy, Powercorp, RPSC, DOE-NSF Collaboration & The Ross Island Wind Project
Paul Riley
University of New Hampshire
Autonomous Real Time Remote Observatory (ARRO)
Steering Committee
Renee Crain*
Pat Haggerty*
Alex Isern*
Vladimir Papitashvili
All Attendees
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National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
-
Open discussion on the goals and roles of the Polar Technology Conference and it's future content, format, venue(s), and operations.
     PTC History

* Via telecon

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Sally Shoop
ERDC - CREL
Evaluation of a Snow Miller/Paver
Chuck Ryerson
ERDC - CRREL
Atmospheric Icing: How It Forms and How to Treat It
Kenneth Rancourt
Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington's Observatory's Capabilities and Lessons Learned
David Blake
British Antarctic Survey
Halley VI

The Development of a Hot Water Drill to Access Subglacial Lake Ellsworth
Dick Armstrong

John Rand
Richard S. Armstrong, PE, LLC
CRREL
USAP Proof of Concept Projects
Jennifer Mercer
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and Ground Penetrating Radar to Avoid Crevasses Along the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) Route
Rebecca Williams
Dartmouth College
Autonomous Crevasse Detection using a Robotic Ground Penetrating Radar System
Jay Burnside
Polar Field Services
Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT)
Paul Thur
Lockheed Martin
Traversing in the Antarctic
Jason Weale
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
High-Efficiency Polar Heavy Traverses
Jack Dibb

Bob Hawley
Tracy Dahl
ESRC
University of New Hampshire
Dartmouth College
CH2M Hill Polar Services
Open discussion on plans for Summit / APEX in Greenland
   Presentation
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2011 Presentations
24-25 March 2010
Host:  IRIS
Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Name
Affiliation
Topic Size (MB)
Dale Chayes
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Development and operation  of an aircraft-based through-ice CTD Rosette
6.35
Satish Chetty
Beyond 66
Ice Temperature Measurement using sealed temperature sensors
0.81
Kerry J. Claffey
US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboaratory
Thermographic Assessment of the Big House at Summit Station, Greenland
2.03
Aaron Curtis
New Mexico Tech
Instrumenting the fumarolic ice caves of Erebus Volcano
2.98
Jason Flynn
Klinge Corporation
Keeping Your Cargo Safe:  Reliable Refrigeration Technology for Maintaining Critical Core Temperatures
2.39
Martin Grill
SRI International
PakBus over Satellite
2.84
Frank Heid
SFC Energy
EFOY Pro Fuel Cells:  Reliable Off-grid Power for remote applications in cold climates
2.46
Neil Humphrey
University of Wyoming
Simplicity and Low Power design to increase reliability of polar remote
deployments
7.23
Laura Jones
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Observing the Dynamics of Mount Erebus using a
Terrestrial‐Based LiDAR
5.92
Lars Kalnajs
LASP / University of Colorado
Antarctic Long Duration Super Pressure Ballooning – Instruments and Applications
1.41
Shelley L. Knuth
University of Colorado
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flights over Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica During September 2009
2.42
Craig Kulesa
University of Alaska
High Elevation Antarctic Terahertz (HEAT) telescopes for the high plateau
5.31
Robert Melville
New Jersey Institute of Technology
A new Telemetry System for the Automatic Geophysical Observatories using Iridium SBD Messaging
0.49
Stephen Musko
University of Michigan
Adaptive Autonomous Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP)
1.77
Kenneth Ratzlaff
University of Kansa
Toward an Autonomously Powered Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole
1.27
Ted Scambos
National Snow and Ice Data Center
LARISSA Glaciology and Early Results from the AMIGOS Stations
5.40
Hank Statscewich
University of Alaska Fairbanks
An Autonomous Renewable Energy Platform for Scientific Applications in Remote Alaska
4.25
Roy Stehle
SRI International
Winter Operation of a 65-Watt Methanol Fuel Cell at an Unattended Arctic Site
1.37
Andrew Stillinger
University of Kansas
Wind Turbine Problems and Solutions at the Automatic Geophysical Observatories On the Antarctic Plateau
1.82
Tom Tessier
Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc.
Solara Field Tracker Use in the Extreme Cold Environment for Iridium Satellite-based GPS Tracking, Messaging and
0.71
Jonathan Thom
SSEC/University of Wisconsin-Madison
2010‐11 Antarctic Automatic Weather station field season and technical plans for the future
1.41
Todd Valentic
SRI  International
AMISR - The Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar
4.92
Seth White
UNAVCO
Familiar problems in polar instrumentation:
What we have learned.  What we are trying to do about them
1.98

2010 Presentations
25-26 March 2010
Host:  UNAVCO
Millennium Harvest House, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Name
Affiliation
Topic Size (MB)
Liz Bagshaw
Bristol Glaciology Centre
The Challenges of In-Situ Monitoring of Biogeochemical Activity on Glaciers

Satish Chetty
Beyond 66
Albedo Measurement from a Buoy
0.24
Tracy Dahl
Polar Field Services/CH2M Hill Polar Services
2010 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
12.3
Max Enders
UNAVCO
The Earthscope Plate Boundary Observatory; Logistics and Maintenance Challenges in Alaska
5.90
Gary Ferentchak
Raytheon Polar Services
Iridium Multi-Channel Technology & EMSS Access
1.69
Martin Grill
SRI International
Data Transfer Options for Remote Campbell Scientific Dataloggers
0.10
Terry Haran
National Snow and Ice Data Center
Automated Met-Ice-Geo Observation Systems (AMIGOS) Deployed to Larsen B Region
1.43
Ngoc Hoang
NAL Research
Open Discussion on Iridium Issues
0.25
Questions posed to Dr. Hoang 0.06
Nick Key
University of Canterbury
Surface Observations on the Darwin & Hatherton Glaciers Antarctica
6.15
Matthew Lazarra
University of Wisconsin-Madison

An Overview of Polar Satellite Imagery Composits Project
1.69
A Review of 2009-2010 Automatic Weather Station Field Season
3.13
Charlie Martin
UCAR
The NCAR Driftsonde Sounding System
1.50
Frank Rack
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
ANDRILL Coulman High Planning
2.04
Tom Sjogren
Explorersweb Inc/HumanEdgeTech
Ultra-light Stand Alone Communications Solutions and Multichannel Updates Over Iridium
4.09
Roy Stehle
SRI International
GPS Tracker and Iridium OpenPort
1.83
Guy Tytgat
IRIS PASSCAL
AGAP Seismic Deployment upon the Antarctic Plateau - Logistical and Technical Challenges
1.15
Todd Valentic
SRI International
OBuoy - An Autonomous Sea-Ice Tethered Instrument Platform
2.65
Seth White
UNAVCO
Building Polar Instrumentation: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned
0.90
Bob Zook
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Project SCINI. The Successful Development of a Through Ice Micro ROV
3.21
Roy Stehle, Todd Valentic,
Gary Ferentchak & Seth White

Workshop - Iridium and Other Communications Systems
1.26
Seth White, Tim Parker, & Tracy Dahl Workshop - Power and Deployment
0.45

2009 Presentations
16-17 April 2009
IceCube Research Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Name
Affiliation
Topic Size (MB)
Brian Bonnett
IRIS PASSCAL
Development, Testing, and Deployment of Xeos Iridium Communications Systems
2.06
Ethan Brodsky
UW-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison Electric Snowmobile
2.68
Satish Chetty
Beyond 66
Project PolarBot
0.99
Tracy Dahl
Polar Field Services/CH2M Hill Polar Services
2009 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
4.47
Summit Station Wind Power Pilot Project 7.56
Greenland Inland Traverse (GRIT)
14.80
Francis Halzen
IceCube Research Center
Overview of the IceCube Project
4.73
Robert Melville
New Jersey Instititute of Technology
Science & Engineering Aspects of the Automatic Geophysical Observatories
1.32
Karthik Soundarapandian
IceCube Research Center
Operating a Data Center at the South Pole
8.53
Bill Spindler
Antarctic Science Support - A Historical Perspective
6.11
Roy Stehle
SRI International
Experience with Iridium OpenPort in Greenland
0.74
Guy Tytgat
IRIS PASSCAL
Power Management of Remote Instrumentation at Extreme Low Temperature
1.41
Todd Valentic
SRI International
Designing a Robust, Low-Power, Embedded System for Data Acquisition and Communications
9.77
George A. Weidner
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
The Challenges of Changing Technologies for the USAP AWS Program
3.55
Seth White
UNAVCO
GPS / Seismic Remote Stations MRI Project - Status in Year 3
0.82

2008 Presentations
24-25 April 2008
Building G - Main Conference Room, SRI International
700 Laurel Street, Menlo Prk, CA, USA

Name
Affiliation
Topic Size (MB)
David Bogen
IceCube Project - UW-Madison
IceCube Teleport System: Many-to-Many Communications Through Iridium's SBD 0.34
Brian Bonnett
IRIS PASSCAL
Polar Seismic Stations, Issues with Cold Operation and Our Approch to the Solution
8.13
Gary Ferentchak
Raytheon Polar Services Company
“Getting Data Off-Ice” - US Antarctic Program Satellite  Communications
3.24
Robert Melville
New Jersey Instititute of Technology
The Automatic Geophysical Observatories: Science and Implementation
1.64
Lynn J. Rothschild
NASA Ames Research Center
BioLaunch: a novel Stanford faculty and student-run program in suborbital and small payloads 5.03
Roy Stehle
SRI International
Power Systems
1.46
Todd Valentic
SRI International
DOD Iridium RUDICS - First Deployment Experiences
0.82
Doug Stoup
Ice Axe Foundation
Ice Axe Foundation - Creating Awareness Through Educations 17.96
Bob Vehorn
SPAWAR
Antarctic Iridium Meteorological Messaging
0.05
Seth White
UNAVCO
GPS / Seismic Remote Stations MRI Project 
1.20

2007 Presentations
26-27 April 2007
Building G - Main Conference Room, SRI International
700 Laurel Street, Menlo Prk, CA, USA

Name
Affiliation
Topic Size (MB)
David Ainley
H.T. Harvey & Associates
PenguinCam at Cape Royds, Ross Island 1.09
R. Allan Baker
Raytheon Polar Services Company
The Use of Cutting Edge Technology for the Efficient Management of Liquid Helium at South Pole Station 0.34
Alberto Behar
NASA JPL
Polar Technology Being Developed Using Simple Processors and Iridium Comms
8.13
Justin Harrison
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
University of Canterbury Research in Antarctica 4.79
Ngoc Hoang
NAL Research
Iridium Hardwaer, On-goin Iridium Efforts & Future Networks
3.24
William Rachelson
UC Berkeley - Space Science Lab
The Automatic Geophysical Observatories (AGO)
1.64
Lynn J. Rothschild
NASA Ames Research Center
BioLaunch 5.03
Tim Short
SRI International
In Situ Mass Spectrometry: Underwater Measurements & Miniaturization 1.59
Roy Stehle
SRI International
Comparison of Communications Equipment Power Consumption
1.46
Bob Vehorn
SPAWAR
The Antarctic Internet Data Distribution (Antarctic-IDD) Project
0.51
Stefan W. Vogel
Analytical Center for Environmental and Climatic Change
Technology Requirements for Subglacial Research 4.41
Seth White
UNAVCO
Working on Polar Power and Comms…to help extend the reach of geophysical scientists’ tentacles deeper into the polar regions
0.94
Andrew Young
SRI International
Iridium Remote Data Transmission System 1.04
Bob Zook
Moss Landing Marine Lab
SCINI - A Small Diameter Under Ice ROV 1.64

2006 Papers
2005 Papers