Arctic Challenge

IEEE Young Professionals, together with the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, are pleased to announce the IEEE Young Professionals Arctic Challenge Competition!

Geosciences investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behavior of our planet. While it also involves the study of other planets, asteroids, and solar systems, this competition focuses on the Arctic territories of our planet. Geoscientists have recognized several challenges related to the polar regions, that have social and environmental implications. Bringing in a new perspective, young engineers and scientists can help create technical solutions for these challenges.

The main goal of this competition is to use your innovative thinking and help our planet and humankind. In this competition, the participants will be asked to write a short proposal to resolve one of the nine problems listed below or others that may be proposed. The best 10 proposals will be rewarded with the Ipad mini.


List of the problems:

  1. How can satellites and space programmes support the following areas in polar regions:
  • Telecommunications
  • Secure maritime safety and navigation aids (channel marking buoys, ship identification and tracking, positioning systems, search and rescue operations, iceberg movements…)
  • Environmental surveillance (oil spills, pollution detection, etc.)
  • Sustainable management of marine resources (fisheries)
  1. Remote Sensing
  • Seasonal snow cover, permafrost
  • Coastlines
  • Oceanography
  • Hydrology of inland waters
  • Polar land cover and land use change
  • Land and water management
  • Geology, mineral, and oil and gas exploration
  1. Modeling the Artic System
  • Data Integration and Data Mining
  • Modeling using remote sensing-based parameterization
  • Mapping and Scaling
  1. Instrumentation and Autonomous Technologies for the Artic
  • Drones to deliver goods
  • Underwater autonomous vehicles
  • Long-life batteries
  1. Environmental issues associated to oil and gas exploitation, mining, fisheriesm increased maritime navigation, tourism, etc.
  • Remoteness Arctic areas are difficult to reach for rescue or cleanup operations and are costly
  • The largest zinc mine in the world, the Red Dog Mine, is located in northwest Alaska above the Bering Strait about 50 miles inland from the Chukchi Sea inthe DeLong Mountains
  1. Food security and health challenges associated to the environmental changes in the Artic regions:
  • Modification of the ecosystems (fishing and sealing, hunting of marine wildlife)
  • Floating sea ice and ice edges, ice extent
  1. Exploitation of seabed resources (oil and gas)
  • The Arctic is one of the major areas in which increased oil exploration and development are occurring, and large volumes of oil are to be found in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, although environmental concerns and political pressures have blocked development to date
  1. Accessibility to Education in the Artic Communities
  • Remote education of local communities
  • Outreach to the rest of the world of the changes that are occurring in the Artic
  1. Green growth of the Artic Communities
  • Must rely on renewable energy sources, green technology and investment in innovation.
  • The Arctic is a laboratory for new technologies in information and communication, robotics, automation, airborne systems and sensors


Submission details:

The solution proposal should be a document, no longer than 2-pages (font Times New Roman 11pt) and shall have the following structure:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Exemplary implementation
  • Conclusions

Please be realistic and provide solutions possible to implement. You can increase your chances of winning by creating a short video describing your solution.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: 31st of August 2018
Winners announcement: 1st of December 2018

Your work should be submitted by email to:
The optional accompanying video must have quality allowing further processing (preferably HD) and be no longer than 2 minutes. The video should be submitted as a link to one of the internet video platforms, i.e. YouTube, Vimeo. Videos with the finalists ideas will be processed by a professional company and used for promoting development of Arctic-related engineering.

Good luck!

Here you will find a list of books that might be helpful in your challenge!

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