The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum 2021 was held successfully as a virtual online event
9 Aug, 2021
Andreas Marouchos, Chair, IEEE OES Polar Oceans Technology Committee
On August 5-6th the Polar Ocean Technology Committee (POTC) hosted the third polar technology workshop - the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum (ASOF).
This workshop, focused on “Addressing Polar technology challenges for the coming decade” was initially planned in 2020 but delayed due to COVID. The event was held virtually in August 2021 and hosted 22 talks with over 120 attendees to discuss a range of topics from autonomous systems to cubesats. The event was sponsored by IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, along with CSIRO
Most notably the event was used as the opportunity to introduce the new Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Technology (CAST). This new centre will bring together agencies from Australia and beyond to share technical expertise and capabilities to help tackle some of the most challenging problems faced in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.
This workshop was also particularly well timed with the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science (UNDOS - read more on Outreach and Early Career professional networks under the Ocean Decade), with many agencies looking towards planning and coordination of UNDOS activities in the coming years.
Finally, from an Australian perspective it was great to hear the latest updates on the completion and delivery of Australia’s new ice-breaker the RSV Nuyina.
The new vessel is capable of enabling new and exciting science and the technical community is excited at the opportunities to further extend the reach of Antarctic observations. Looking ahead the POTC will be looking to host the next workshop in the 2022/2023 timeframe somewhere in the northern hemisphere and hopefully in person! More info on the POTC and its activities can be found on our website.