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Deploying an AUV beneath the Sorsdal Ice Shelf: recommendations from an expert-panel workshop


King, PD and Williams, GD and Coleman, R and Zurcher, K and Bowden-Floyd, IF and Ronan, A and Kaminski, C and Laframboise, JM and McPhail, S and Wilkinson, J and Bowen, A and Dutrieux, P and Bose, N and Wahlin, A and Andersson, J and Boxall, P and Sherlock, M and Maki, T, Deploying an AUV beneath the Sorsdal Ice Shelf: recommendations from an expert-panel workshop, AUV 2018 - 2018 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Workshop, Proceedings, 06-09 November 2018, Porto, Portugal, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781728102535 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/AUV.2018.8729786


To support future scientific missions beneath Antarctic ice shelves, the Antarctic Gateway Partnership, a special research initiative of the Australian Research Council, is trialling its Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, nupiri muka, at the Sorsdal Glacier in East Antarctica. As history has shown, deploying an AUV beneath ice is both challenging and inherently risky. To support the planning and execution of this mission a panel of experts were invited to participate in a workshop to provide both peer-review of the readiness of the AUV and team, and, to establish a set of recommendations and best-practices to maximise the data return and minimise the risk. This panel consisted of those working in the area of AUVs, Polar operations, and those with relevant experience.Recommendations from this panel included strict definition of mission objectives, a risk analysis methodology, and plans for a dress rehearsal. In addition a staged approach was formulated to both validate the AUV performance and parametrise the environment to reduce uncertainty.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:autonomous vehicle, polar environment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:King, PD (Mr Peter King)
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Mr Guy Williams)
UTAS Author:Coleman, R (Professor Richard Coleman)
UTAS Author:Zurcher, K (Mr Konrad Zurcher)
UTAS Author:Bowden-Floyd, IF (Mr Isak Bowden Floyd)
ID Code:152244
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (SR140300001)
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2022-08-15
Last Modified:2022-09-05

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