Co-Chairs: Greg Henry (University of British Columbia)

Melissa Lafrenière (Queen's University)

Dominique Chabot (droneMetrics and Trent University)

Lisa Loseto (University of Manitoba and Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Drones and other unmanned vehicles are being used to collect high-resolution remote sensing data and offer convenient, unobtrusive and economical methods to conduct research and monitoring, especially in remote Arctic locations. Applications in the Arctic include wildlife surveys, monitoring glacial and sea ice, ocean conditions, snow dynamics, mapping tundra landscapes, permafrost disturbances, meteorological measurements and search and rescue. The harsh conditions of the Arctic pose challenges for these robotic vehicles. This session will provide an opportunity for researchers working on a variety of applications in the Arctic to share research experiences, including: methodological approaches from data collection through processing and analysis, and practical strategies to overcome operational challenges that can be adopted across applications. Session contributors will be invited to submit their presented research to a joint special issue of Arctic Science and the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems.