Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Co-hosted by the University of Hawaii, University of Minnesota, and Polar Geospatial Center
June 29 – July 1, 2021 Zoom Workshop, 1-5pm US CDT
Attendance capped at approximately 50
YouTube live stream of Days 1 and 3, open to all
The goal of this workshop is to produce a report outlining the science advances and impacts that would be enabled by massive improvements in digital connectivity to Antarctica.
Given recent synergistic opportunities, NSF is interested in understanding the value of a submarine fiber optic telecommunications cable from New Zealand to McMurdo Station, with terabit-scale networking capability that could eliminate current bandwidth constraints faced by researchers, educators and support functions while also reducing the latency of current satellite-based communication. The cable infrastructure can also serve as a scientific platform (a Scientific Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications “SMART” cable) with capability to monitor ocean conditions and seismic activity. Direct fiber connectivity to McMurdo may also enable improved connectivity to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and science infrastructure there.
Refer to these documents for official workshop analysis and conclusions.
2021 Antarctic Cable Workshop Final Report
Breakout Group 1 Summary Presentation: SMART Cables and Ocean Sciences
Breakout Group 2 Summary Presentation: Achieving Connectivity to Antarctic Research Facilities
Breakout Group 3 Summary Presentation: Connectivity to Advance Earth, Atmosphere and Space Sciences
Breakout Group 4 Summary Presentation: Advance Geology, Biology, and Other Antarctic Field Research
Breakout Group 5 Summary Presentation: Connectivity to Advance Education, Engagement, Community and Human Wellbeing
Additional program information, including detailed schedule and background information,
is available in the Reports Documentation section above.
Day 1: Scene Setting, Lightning Talks
Day 2: Workshop Breakout Sessions
Day 3: Summary and Plan for Drafting Report
Live Stream Recording Details
The live stream recordings are available at the links below. To view the recorded chat, click “Watch on YouTube.”
We’re all ears! Please fill out this survey to share your thoughts and feedback about the workshop and cable initiative. We welcome insight from research scientists, US Antarctic support providers, education and outreach experts, submarine cable and digital networking experts.
Organizers & Sponsor
- Bruce Howe, Chair, Joint Task Force (JTF), ITU/WMO/IOC SMART Cables for Observing the Ocean
- Gwen Jacobs, Director of Cyberinfrastructure, University of Hawai’i
- David Lassner, President, University of Hawai’i
- Peter Neff, Assistant Research Professor, University of Minnesota
- Jonathan Pundsack, Managing Director, Polar Geospatial Center – University of Minnesota
- Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
- Garret Yoshimi, Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, University of Hawai’i
Support for this workshop is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award 2130663)