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8th annual Polar Technology Conference coming to Vermont in April 2012

The 8th annual Polar Technology Conference will be hosted by IRIS/PASSCAL on 3-5 April 2012 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont, USA.  Several staff members will be in attendance from both IRIS (Robert Busby, Kent Anderson, and Katrin Hafner) and IRIS/PASSCAL (Paul Carpenter, Jason Hebert, Allan Sauter).

The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together Polar Scientists and Technology Developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments.  This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in the Polar Regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia.  Presentations typically cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments.  Typical hardware and software topics have included weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, and remote communications.  The scale of systems ranges from the autonomous data collection towers to large scale research stations. Polar venues represented include under, on, and above the ice, tundra, or sea.

Find out more about the conference sessions, networking opportunities, poster sessions, and workshops at the Polar Technology Conference website, which has all the details about the 2012 conference, as well as presentations from previous conferences.

Last year's conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 24th and 25th, 2011.

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