The Extended Continental Shelf Program is an excellent example of how cooperation across disciplines, sectors, and countries can advance scientific research.
Operations in the Arctic take place under challenging conditions. Weather and ice play important roles in determining the success of these surveys.
In the Arctic, ship-based surveys were used to collect data over vast distances. The field season for ship-based surveys is limited to August – September. Even in this window, ice conditions can present challenges.
Collecting data in the Arctic is challenging as harsh weather conditions can impede research done from ice-camps or from ships. The solution? Autonomous Underwater Vehicles that can navigate under thick ice layers on their own.