16th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium

+++ The conference has been postponed to 11-14 May 2022 due to the Corona Pandemic. +++

We are pleased to announce that the 16th ICRSS will take place at the

University of Alaska Fairbanks from 14-18 September 2020

in the Golden Heart City of Alaska.

The ICRSS is returning to Fairbanks for the first time in more than two decades. The International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium was first held in Yellowknife, Canada in 1990 and since then it has alternated between North American and Europe on a biennial basis. It grew from the often-expressed need for exchange of information among those in governments, universities, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector interested with remote sensing research and applications in the polar environments.

The symposium provides a platform for the exchange of current applied research and best practices, the presentation of new technology and further innovation, and the advancement of international cooperation in the circumpolar regions of the world. We look to build on the more than 100 participants and the record 50% attendance by students and early career researchers at the 15th ICRSS!

This symposium deals specifically with remote sensing applications in the polar environments, both Arctic and Antarctic. Earth’s Polar Regions feature cold-climate environments characterized by unique landscapes, biota, and processes. Many of these features and dynamics are Cryosphere-driven and either are already subject to or have the potential for fundamental and rapid changes in a warming world. Earth observation technologies provide crucial tools to understand and quantify these changes.

This symposium will be of interest to scientists, scholars, and industry and government professionals involved in studying and quantifying Arctic and Antarctic Change, renewable and non-renewable resource management, and development of new technologies and methods targeting remote sensing observations of polar environments. The symposium will provide a platform for the exchange of current applied research and best practices, the presentation of new technology and further innovation, and the advancement of international co-operation in the circumpolar regions of the world.

The theme of the 16th ICRSS is Convergence at the Poles – Addressing urgent research questions and management needs through remote sensing in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The 16th ICRSS is being hosted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Oral presentations will take place in the Wood Center Ballroom and various conference activities will be scattered through the greater University and Fairbanks community.


Topics of interest include,

  • Past, present and future changes in the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Inventory and dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets
  • Floating Ice: sea, river, and lake ice
  • Seasonal snow cover
  • Changing permafrost
  • Polar coastlines
  • Oceanography of polar seas
  • Hydrology of inland waters
  • Polar land cover and land use change
  • LiDAR imaging
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • All remote sensing platforms from satellite to terrestrial-based
  • Data Integration and Data Mining
  • Modeling using remote sensing-based parameterization
  • Geographic Information System and Web-based portals
  • Calibration and validation of geometric, radiometric and spectral properties
  • Arctic vegetation
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Wildlife management and habitat protection
  • Land and water management
  • Archaeology
  • Geology, mineral, and oil and gas exploration
  • Microwave remote sensing applications
  • Optical and thermal remote sensing applications

Important Dates

First Call for Papers: 17 February 2020

Second Call for Papers: 01 April 2020

Last Call for Papers: 15 April 2020

Abstracts Due Date: 01 May 2020

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 01 June 2020

Registration deadline: 01 July 2020
(Registration form available on or before 01 April 2020)

Conference week: 14-18 September 2020 

Venue for the Symposium: Wood Center Ballroom, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Please check this site for new information updates. E-mail questions to the organizing committee

Chairs and Organizing Committee

Benjamin M. Jones, Chair

Institute of Northern Engineering

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Martha Raynolds, Chair

Institute of Arctic Biology

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Jessica Garron, Chair

Geophysical Institute 

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Melissa Ward Jones, Organizing Committee

Institute of Northern Engineering

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Helena Bergstedt, Organizing Committee

Institute of Northern Engineering

University of Alaska Fairbanks



JJ Frost, Organizing Committee

ABR, Inc.



Simon Zwieback, Organizing Committee

Geophysical Institute 

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Guido Grosse, International Chair

Alfred Wegener Institute



Sebastian Laboor, Web Master

Alfred Wegener Institute


Call for Papers and Abstract Submissions


There will be two types of contributions to the symposium available:
1 - Oral presentation
2 - Poster

Abstracts are required for both types of presentations.

All abstracts, presentations and posters will be given in English.


Abstracts should be sent electronically to the conference email address: icrss2020@gmail.com, using the provided template.

Abstracts should be sent no later than 01 May 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their contributions no later than 01 June 2020. If earlier confirmation is required to meet travel approval requirements, please contact Benjamin Jones (bmjones3@alaska.edu) and provide, at a minimum, a draft of the abstract.


Recommended size of posters is 1 m tall by 2 m long. Posters should be on a single sheet of paper or multiple sheets to fit within this area. Text should be short and to the point with ample graphics to relay only the most important aspects of the work. Poster authors should be available to answer any questions viewers may have.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint format and given to the session moderator on a USB external drive for loading onto the conference laptop. All presentations should be delivered to the session moderator not later than the break preceding the presentation. Presentations will be given in English. At the present time, authors should plan for a maximum of 15 minutes, with a few minutes allowed for questions. Please check the symposium web page for changes to the allotted time.




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Location Information



Fairbanks is the hub of Interior Alaska. There are several lodging options in Fairbanks, including several hotels, B&Bs, campus housing, and plenty of small and eclectic housing options. 

The official conference hotel of the 16th ICRSS is the Wedgewood Resort.

We have solidified one bedroom and two bedroom apartment style rooms at a rate of $75/night and $95/night, respectively. To take advantage of this rate select hotel: "Wedgewood Resort", click "Check Rates", click "Add Code" and choose "Group Attendee", enter "ICRSS20".

Shuttle service will be provided between the Wedgewood Resort and the University for symposium activities.

Other popular lodging options in Fairbanks, located in close proximity to the University include

Local Transportation Options

Local Fairbanks Options


Sponsorship Opportunities for the 16th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium 14-18 September 2020, Fairbanks, Alaska 

To keep registration fees reasonable and to maximize national and international collaboration, we are seeking financial support to defray some of the symposium costs. This sponsorship opportunity is available to anyone who wishes to support the 16th ICRSS.

Please consider sponsoring at one of the following levels:

Pricing and Benefits

Massive Ice
($5,000 or above)

Ice Wedge
($2,000 to $4,999)

($500 to $1,999)

Needle Ice
($500 and under)

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Recognition in proceedings by contribution level





Sponsor Table





Lunch Break Sponsor





Coffee Break Sponsor





Complimentary registration(s)





Special sponsor name tag(s)





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Please contact us for information on how to best make your sponsorship contribution: bmjones3@alaska.edu


Names will be added as attendance is confirmed

Accessibility and Non-Harrassment Information

The Wood Center Ballroom is accessible to participants with disabilities. There is handicapped parking outside Wood Center, with ramp access to the Ballroom meeting room. There are elevators in the Wood Center, giving access to the café and poster session on the lower level.

The University of Alaska takes its responsibility to provide harassment-free environments seriously. All staff and faculty are required to take annual Title IX training. The University has a Title IX officer, and coordinators on each campus. The University Board of Regents added a new chapter to the policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Discrimination, which passed unanimously in 2017 (https://alaska.edu/bor/policy/01-04.pdf).

The new policy provides clear guidance for students, employees and external entities alike for handling reports of sexual discrimination and harassment. It includes definitions, standards of conduct, reporting information and contacts, timelines, processes and a clear appeals process. The University must respond to reports of prohibited conduct with measures designed to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence and remediate any hostile environment it caused.

The ICRSS will follow the procedures and guidelines of the University of Alaska Title IX policy, and will include that policy information on the ICRSS website, in the registration materials, and made available at the conference itself.

You can also browse past ICRSS conferences and learn about the research topics, programmes and participants presented.

Draft Symposium Program

Sunday DAY 1, 13 September

06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Ground Ice Breaker: Wedgewood Resort Antique Auto Museum (catering and beverages provided)

Monday DAY 1, 14 September

08:00 AM

Registration Desk Open

09:00 AM – 09:30 PM

Symposium Opening

09:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Scientific Program

06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Social Mixer, Ursa Major Distillery (featuring local recording artists – Kinky Slinky)

Tuesday DAY 2, 15 September

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Scientific Program

05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Poster Session with catering and beverages (Wedgewood Resort) 

Wednesday DAY 3, 16 September

09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Local Excursion, Alaska Railroad Tour from Fairbanks to Nenana (Guided presentation and Hoodoo Brews) or a Day at Chena Hot Springs

Thursday DAY 4, 17 September

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Scientific Program

06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Riverboat Dinner Cruise and Guided Tour on the Chena River

Friday DAY 5, 18 September

09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Scientific Program and Symposium Wrap-Up

01:00 PM – 05:00 PM

UAV Demonstrations, tour of ASF, tour of Museum