Rune Storvold - Norut Research Institute

Senior Scientist Rune Storvold from Norut Northern Research Institute will present his views on how we understand the potential and need for drones in the investigation of the changing Arctic.

Storvold’s presentation will revolve around his work and insights within the field of BVLOS operations over the arctic. Most notably, he wishes to take us through the current uses and future challenges of remotely piloted aircrafts over the North Pole.

When is the presentation?

The presentation will take place June 3 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

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Focus of your presentation?

Drone bases are being established around the Arctic, and drones could have great potentials in becoming an important part of the future Arctic Observation System. UAV’s have already established themselves as able instruments for long range data acquisition in a number of scientific fields. However, there are still challenges associated with the harsh climate, sensor capabilities and regulation. Storvold will go through results and findings within the area and present his views on the path forward to resolve these challenges.

What will the audience take home?

“Understand the potential and need for drones in the investigation and monitoring of the changing Arctic. The participants will get a glimpse of what the current challenges are and the path forward to resolve these”.


Rune Storvold is Senior Scientist at the Earth Observation Department and Head of the Unmanned Aircraft group, at Norut in Tromsø, Norway. Furthermore, he is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Director for the newly established Arctic Center for Unmanned Aircraft. He has a background in optics and atmospheric physics from university of Bergen (MS) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (PhD). In 2005 he founded the Unmanned Aircraft Group in Norut, Norway. The Norut UAV group currently consists of 8 full-time scientist and one engineer whose primary focus lie on the development and research of unmanned aircrafts and sensor systems.

He is co-chairing the Arctic Council Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programs Expert Group on Unmanned Aircraft, which is an expert group working towards increased access to the Arctic Airspace for scientific data collection and emergency response using unmanned Aircrafts. In conclusion, he has been at the board of directors of UAS Norway since its founding in 2008.

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