Addressing Economic, Environmental and Humanitarian Challenges in the Polar Regions

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Addressing Economic, Environmental and Humanitarian Challenges in the Polar Regions.

The polar regions are experiencing significant changes, likely to be attributed to the human impact, that will dramatically change our perception of these regions, and how communications, transportation, oil exploration, fishing, etc., are performed going forward. At the same time, these changes may have environmental and health affects of unforeseen consequences.

In order to sustain these activities and be prepared for these potential threats, new remote and in situ sensors will be playing a key role to provide continuous (ideally near-real time) data to decision makers and for ship routing, while new communications and transportation systems will have to be developed to deliver food and medicines to remote rural areas.

This Special Section in IEEE Access welcomes contributions from a wide range of topics dealing with the emerging challenges in polar regions. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental changes experienced by the polar regions (cryosphere, land, oceans, and atmosphere)
  • Remote and in situ sensors, and their associated technologies
  • Sensor networks for weather and climate modelling
  • Development of feature extraction working environments from imagery
  • Convolutional neural networks in image feature extraction and analytics
  • Telecommunication technologies
  • Transportation techniques and technologies, including drones and other autonomous vehicles
  • Ecological, security and health issues associated to an increased human presence in an isolated environment
  • Economic exploitation of the polar regions, including fisheries and oil exploration
  • Educational and outreach activities about the changes that polar regions are undergoing


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Associate Editor: Prof. Bill Emery, University of Colorado, USA

Guest Editors:

  1. Prof. Marina Ruggieri, University of Tor Vergata, Italy
  2. Prof. Anthony Milne, University of New South Wales, Australia
  3. Prof. Witold Kinsner, University of Manitoba, Canada
  4. Prof. Malcon Heron, University of Townsville, Australia
  5. Mr. Paul Cunningham, external advisor of several organizations including the World Bank, as well as European and nationally funded research programs, Ireland
  6. Prof. Adriano Camps, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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