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New Polar Challenge for observing announced at Arctic Science Summit Week

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This week, the World Climate Research Programme and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched a challenge for the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) with the capability to complete missions under the sea ice in the Polar regions. The aim of the challenge, which includes prize money totaling 500,000 Swiss francs ($511,000), is to stimulate the innovation of 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. Currently operational AUVs, in ice-free zones, are able to collect a wide range of oceanographic observations; however, sea ice poses a major issue for accurate data collection in these models. The Polar Challenge hopes to evoke innovative models which could overcome those challenges and change current climate research in the Polar regions.

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