As a researcher, Svalbard has always caught my attention and admiration, being the headquarters for so many scientific missions and their unparalleled findings about our world and its climate. Last week, I had the privilege of visiting the archipelago and participate in an intense summer school about the Arctic Ocean and the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ), at UNIS.
Despite focusing my research on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the past two years have targeted the development of ICTs in coastal and maritime operations, namely through the SINet MSCA IF. These operations are particularly challenged in harsh regions such as the Arctic, where infrastructures are scarce or non-existent. But why is this issue relevant? What kind of operations would take place in the Arctic?
Many activities have taken place and several contacts have been established, cooperating with researchers from inter-disciplinary fields – all for enabling efficient networking in challenging maritime environments.
The focus of SINet is also overlapping with other topics, such as the Internet of Things, where research has also been conducted. In the IoT resource constraints exist and intermittent connectivity is also common, which is what SINet is all about.
Reaching this milestone allowed for a special moment of reflection (don’t forget to check the new deliverables), and the conclusion is that there’s a lot more still to come!
Oceanographic research is of paramount importance for the future of planet Earth. This is clear and promoted by initiatives such as Horizon’s 2020 Blue Growth, which includes, among other things, the prevention and mitigation of polluting incidents. This concerns the impact on ecosystems and is closely related to the increasing demand for information and communication technologies (ICT) to support researchers from varied disciplines.
We propose a solution that considers dynamicintegrated communication between different maritime activities, carried out by researchers and other actors, in challenging environments such as the Arctic.