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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future


Sensors in Polar Science and Operations

Scientific investigation of extreme environments such as the polar regions depends on a combination of remote and in-situ sensor technologies. In this presentation Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Director of Innovation at British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will give an overview of the range of sensors deployed in everyday work at BAS, from a Penguin Weighbridge for ecosystems research to Magnetometers for space weather forecasting. Following this, Andrew Fleming, Remote Sensing Data Coordinator at BAS, will give a deeper insight into the unique role of satellite-based visible, infra-red and microwave remote sensing technologies in both polar regions to support science and logistics, and focus on their application to provide information to support safe and efficient shipping in areas affected by sea ice and icebergs.

Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Beatrix Schlarb- Ridley

Director of Innovation and Impact

British Antarctic Survey

Beatrix is Director of Innovation and Impact at British Antarctic Survey.

She studied Biochemistry in Germany and then moved to Cambridge, where she obtained her MPhil and PhD in photosynthesis research. A protein biochemist by background with 20 years experience in fundamental and applied research, including on algae- and moss-based biophotovoltaic devices, Beatrix’s focus now is on unlocking the potential of polar research for the benefit of society and industry, and on adopting latest technologies for improved polar science and operations.

She has driven the development of the Aurora Innovation Centre at BAS – a space with excellent conference and meeting facilities, exhibition spaces and an open-plan office for collaborators. The Innovation Centre aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.

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