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.

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


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