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Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum 2021 – Addressing polar technology challenges for the coming decade


Updates details on forum are posted below:

30 March 2021 - ASOF is Back!

Last year the ASOF organizing committee made a decision to postpone the event to 2021 due to COVID. We are very happy to announce that the event is now back on! This years event will be virtual and is scheduled to take place in August 4-6th 2021. In another change this year we are making participation in the workshop free to all. Abstracts are now open so please get your abstracts submitted soon as we have limited presentation slots. The ASOF Technical committee will select abstracts for presentation. The Abstract Template can be found HERE.

 Key Dates

Abstracts Close

May 31, 2021

Acceptance Notices

June 18, 2021

Registration Closes

July 16, 2021

Authors are invited to submit 1-page abstracts using the Abstract Template. These will be reviewed for quality and relevance and authors will be advised of the outcome. Abstracts will be published on a web site and authors will be invited to present their work during the ASOF 2021 event. There will be an option after the conference to upgrade an abstract for publication in a relevant IEEE journal.

Format and Topics

The Forum will consist of a single stream of presentation with encouragement for discussion and questions. Each presentation will be around 20 min with sessions will be organized around the following themes. Presentations related to both Antarctic and Arctic technologies are encouraged and will have broad appeal to attendees.

0.  Decedal Polar Technology Challenges

a.      Technology in addressing the UN Decade of Ocean Science challenges.
b.      Action outcomes from Ocean Obs 19
c.      Establishing and expanding Oceans best practice

1.  Autonomous observing

a.      ROV/AUV/ASV Technology
b.      Communications gateways eg surface vehicles
c.       Control system development
d.      Deep autonomy / under-ice navigation – gliders, Argo floats
e.      Atmospheric sampling from land and sea (autonomous balloons, Lidar, Cloud radar and atmospheric profilers), weather stations, moorings
f.        Intelligence sensing / sampling
g.      Autonomy in a polar environment.

2.     Observation Technologies

a.      Atmospheric Lidar, Cloud radar and Atmospheric Profilers
b.      Miniaturisation, automation and ruggedization of instrumentation, (multiple    deployment of low cost samplers)
c.       Long-term instrument stability, self-calibration
d.      Problems of high latitude and long range operation
e.      Ice profiling instruments, englacial & sub-glacial instrument deployment, new drilling  technology/methods
f.        Acoustics at high latitudes – navigation, data and tomography
g.      Advanced drifter technology,
h.      Airborne deployment of oceanographic instruments
i.        Mission risk assessment
j.      Continuous plankton recording
k.     In situ fluorometers & particle analysers

3.       Sustained measurements

a.      Oceanographic mooring technologies
b.      Remote sensing and satellite calibration
c.       Animal borne sensors – developments, data streams and methods

4.       Biology and biomass

a.      Fisheries and mid-water acoustics
b.      Genomics sampling and sensing

5.    Data Science

a.      Data Storage – long-term monitoring, swappable data
b.      Data Transfer – real time monitoring; event triggering
c.       Data processing for new under-ice data sets
d.      Instrument communications and tracking

Abstract Submission

Abstracts submission is now open and will close on May 31, 2021. The Abstract Template can be found HERE. Send your completed Abstracts to


Given this years event is virtual the organizing committee has decided to make this event free to participate and attend. Presentation slots will be limited to be sure to submit your abstracts as soon as you can. Closer to the event participants will be asked to register (free of charge) in order to receive access to the event.