ReCAMP Flagship

The Remote Controlled and Autonomous Measurement Platforms Flagship (ReCAMP) is an interdisciplinary project aiming to coordinate and increase the use of remotely controlled and autonomous measurement platforms, like USVs/ROVs/AUVs/UAVs and underwater gliders, and collectively solve the challenges associated with deploying these platforms in a harsh arctic environment.

The main purpose of the Flagship is to exchange knowledge and coordinate activities both within each discipline and across the different platforms and groups, as well as between the end users of the data up the chain to the platform operation, system development and design scientists. By providing a meeting place for exchange of experience and technologies the Flagship contributes to improve the efficiency and reliability of the platforms and the consistency of the datasets collected between platforms and research groups.

The Flagship in particular addresses the following unique issues and challenges in the Arctic:

  • Communication
  • Platform navigation
  • Platform robustness
  • Cross platform opportunities
  • Sensor inter comparison
  • Platform independency
  • Remote power solutions

More information is available in the project description:

Contact email: recamp(at)

ReCAMP Short Term Scientific Missions: Call for proposals

The ReCAMP Flagship project includes the financial support of 7 Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). STSMs correspond to field activities or research visits related to the use of Remote Controlled and Autonomous Measurement Platforms in Svalbard and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. They have to be related to an objective of multi-institutions partnership and exchange of personnel to share operational experience and technology.

ReCAMP Flagship will cover travel and subsistence for the involved scientists to participate in fieldwork of partner institutions or to visit partners. The budget is limited to 2 persons on each project and 25.000 NOK per person. The STSM applicant does not need to be from a ReCAMP Flagship partner institution but from an institution doing scientific work on Svalbard.

Applications for ReCAMP STSM have to be sent to the project coordinator (recamp(at) Please respect the following instructions:

  • Page format: A4. Margins: 2 cm. Font: Time New Roman 12-point font
  • Proposal: Max. 2 pages, including STSM objectives, partners, workplan and budget
  • In attachment: 1 A4 CVs of the involved persons

The deadline to submit an application is on June, 15th.

The applications will be evaluated by the ReCAMP Flagship core group consisting of one representative from each of the project partners. The decision of funding will be taken and communicated before the 1st of July.

ReCAMP Workshop

The Remote Controlled and Autonomous Measurement Platforms (ReCAMP) Flagship Workshop has been held the 5-6th of April 2016 in Tromsø, Norway.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Present the ReCAMP Flagship objectives, present and future activities;
  • Provide an international and interdisciplinary forum to scientists, researchers, operators and students to exchange experience and knowledge on Remote Controlled and Autonomous Measurement Platforms (RAMPs) technology;
  • Discuss the main challenges when operating RAMPs in the Arctic, including Platform robustness, Communication, Platform navigation, Cross platform opportunities, Sensor inter comparison, Platform independency and Remote power solutions.

The sessions were organized in the following way:

  • S.1. Platform Robustness
    (Chair: Tor Arne Johansen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
    Operating remote and autonomous platforms in an arctic climate poses some unique challenges with regard to cold temperatures, icing, snow, sea-ice, etc. that similar technology at lower latitudes do not experience and hence most manufacturers do not include in their design criteria. Sharing of experience and adaptations to arctic work would increase likelihood of successful measurement campaigns and increased platform survival probability.
  • S.2. Platform Independency, Navigation & Communication
    (Co-Chairs: Raymond Kristiansen, Narvik University College, Norway / Agnar Sivertsen, Norut, Norway)
    Exact navigation of the platform and its ability to follow a predefined trajectory is essential for the data collection of any mobile platform. In case of different platforms and coordination of measurements, the movements and exact timing is important for an optimum of synergy between the RAMPs. The communication infrastructure in the Arctic is poorly developed. Outside the major settlements communication systems can be limited to Iridium system, which is notoriously unstable and low bandwidth. Increased autonomy and ability for onboard processing could compensate for some of the challenges one is facing due to limited communication. Processing of data locally on the platform reduces the bandwidth requirements and can also be used to improve data collection through near real time feedback to navigation, sensor configuration and quality control.
  • S.3. Cross Platform Opportunities
    (Co-Chairs: Gabriele Bruzzone, NRC – Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation, Italy / Ilker Fer, University of Bergen, Norway)
    Using a combination of satellite, airborne, surface and underwater platforms gives scientists unique new possibilities in creating datasets that allow us to investigate processes and phenomenons in a more complete way previously not possible. This opportunities are not very well exploited as it requires coordination of multidisciplinary groups that do not interact much other as well as systems that coordinate sensor platforms collecting simultaneous data. Areas that might benefit are research on on sea-ice, icebergs, and marine processes.
  • S.4. Sensor Inter Comparison
    (Co-Chairs: Michael Gaussa, Andøya Space Centre, Norway / Rune Storvold, Norut, Norway)
    Remote controlled and autonomous platforms are often dual use sensitive technologies making it difficult to operate them across the different national areas of interest like the Exclusive Economic Zones, state territories and even in the high seas of the Arctic Ocean. Identical sensors mounted on these platforms may yield different results depending on mounting and operational strategy. Different sensor designs for measuring the same geophysical parameters and different algorithms for analysis of the data are also factors that require systematic comparison and calibration efforts.

The complete programme is available here:

The abstracts book is available here:

The presentations of the ReCAMP contributors are available here:

S.1. Platform Robustness:
1. Cathy Cahill – ACUASI
2. Stephan T. Kral – UiB
3. Peter M. Haugan – UiB
4. Asgeir J. Sørensen – NTNU
5. Kim L. Sørensen – NTNU
6. Andreas Tøllefsen – Norut
7. Andreas Wenz – NTNU
S.2. Platform Independency, Navigation & Communication:
1. Ragnar Wik – Kongsberg
2. Fernando Aguago – U.Vigo
3. Stian Solbø – Norut
4. Tor-Aleksander Johanen – UiT
5. Angvar Sivertsen – Norut
6. Daniel Solbø – Norut
7. Kjell-Sture Johansen – Norut
S.3. Cross Platform Opportunities:
1. Vegard Nergård – UiT
2. Christian Katlein – AWI
3. Kanna Rajan – NTNU & U.Porto
4. Arthur Zolich – NTNU
5. Line Rouyet – Norut
S.4. Sensor Inter Comparison:
1. Bikas Bhattarai – UiO
2. Ilfer Fer – UiB
3. Stephan Kral – UiB
4. Helge C. Smebye – NGI
5. Rune Storvold – Norut
6. David Peddie – Offshore Sensing AS
7. Vegard Hovstein – Maritime Robotics
8. Stein-Rune Karlsen – Norut
9. Chunming Rong – UiS
1. Tom S. Andersen – UiT
2. Fotis Balampanis – U.Seville
3. Gabriele Bruzzone – ISSIA-CNR
4. Ilker Fer – UiB
5. Jostein Hagerup – UiT
6. Leopoldo Rodriguez – U.Seville
7. Anna Zmarz – U.Warsaw


Dr. Rune Storvold, Norut Northern Research Institute, Norway.

Dr. Michael Gaussa, Andøya Space Centre, Norway.

Prof. Tor Arne Johansen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norway.

Dr. Gabriele Bruzzone, National Research Council – Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation, Italy.

Dr. Mohamed Babiker, Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, Norway.

Prof. Miroslaw Rodzewicz, Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Poland.

Dr. Anna Zmarz, University of Warsaw, Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Poland

Prof. Ilker Fer, University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute, Norway.

Assoc. Prof. Marius O. Jonassen, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

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