Polar Challenge Launched

Polar Challenge Launched



16 March 2016

Wanted: Autonomous vehicle for 2,000 kilometer mission under sea-ice

Reward: 500 000 Swiss francs

Fairbanks 16 March 2016 (WCRP) The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2 000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

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