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Open source wireless instruments for real-time field glaciology

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Collecting data from the field is a key part of glaciological research, and is often hampered by the complex logistics of making measurements in remote locations. It’s still extremely common for research data to be collected on data loggers and retrieved physically during a “servicing visit”. By contrast, remote sensing data often arrives within days of being collected and can be analysed immediately. In this seminar, Dr Mike Prior-Jones from Cardiff University (a former BAS communications engineer) will present his future plans for a system of wireless instruments that can be used by glaciologists to collect data in real time from locations in snowpack, in supraglacial streams, in englacial boreholes and subglacial water channels. These will use a wireless link technology capable of sending data over kilometres of range both on the surface and within the ice. This vision is funded though a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship which Mike will start work on in January, and builds on his existing work on the Cryoegg project with Dr Liz Bagshaw and others. The intention is to make this whole system of wireless instruments, the satellite link interface, and the data-handling infrastructure all open source, so that the whole community can benefit from the instruments themselves and the technology that they contain. Mike is keen to encourage collaborations with scientists and engineers who may choose to take elements of his design and spin them off to suit their own work, creating an ecosystem of related, compatible instrumentation that’s proven to work in the polar environment.

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This talk is part of the British Antarctic Survey - Ice Dynamics and Paleoclimate Seminar Series series.

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