Autonomous vehicle being set out from a ship in Svalbnard

Multi-purpose Autonomous Surface vessels for Polar marine research (MASP)

Multi-purpose Autonomous Surface vessels for Polar marine research (MASP)

Coastal areas in the Arctic are socio-economically ever more important. These areas are also most sensitive to the climate and sea level change. Marine geological, glaciological, and oceanographic data from these areas are critical for better understanding the drivers and mitigating adverse consequences of the environmental changes. Also, the dynamics of the marine-terminating glaciers is poorly constrained and the processes controlling the loss of ice through calving and melting at at their margins are inadequately included in the numerical ice sheet and sea level models.

One of the main reasons for this is the lack of field data because acquisition of data in uncharted shallow coastal and at tidewater calving glacier margins, especially in difficult ice conditions with traditional methods, such as crewed surface vessels, is time-consuming, costly, and risky. The aim of MASP project is to develop robust and mobile platforms for collecting field data in the Polar environments suited for UNIS’ teaching and research activities.

More on the MASP project: https://sites.google.com/view/unis-usv/home