Geir Wiik

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Bio Data

Started in the Norewgian Air Foce in 1976 and retired in 2014 as a colonel. Backgroun is ground control intercept but most of my work has been staff related. In addition to our national Air Force Academy, I have attended the Ecole Superieur De Guerre Aerienne (ESGA) in Paris 91 – 92 and the Air War College (AWC) in Alabama USA 99 – 00. International positions are staff officer in Western European Union (WEU) in Brussels (94 – 98) and as the Air and Defence Cooperation Attache at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington DC (05 – 08). Last position was as J3 Air at our National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ).


The use of unmanned technologies has a great potential for supporting operations in the Arctic. Commercial activities such as oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, mineral and marine prospecting are moving north as the ice edge is retreating. The arctic can be a challenging area to operate in. Remote areas with poorly developed infrastructure combined with harsh weather conditions and polar nights increases the risk of operating manned aircraft and helicopters. Low availability of  manned aircraft, combined with easier airspace access, makes the Arctic an excellent arena for applying RPAS for operational support. To support these types of operations the Research Council Norway and Industry funded a “Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing for Arctic Operations”, which has the goal of combining satellite and RPAS remote sensing and forecasting models into a real time system for operational support. Satellite data is used to initialize and constrain forecasting models whether the topic is sea-ice properties and drift, oil spill distribution or polar weather. Uncertainties and limitations in the satellite derived products are reduced by deploying unmanned aircraft for more accurate detailed mapping, improving model results based on the area where high accuracy is needed and the forecasting limiting the geographic extent of upstream area of interest. For RPAS to be efficient, new technologies for harsh weather operations, inflight icing protection, autonomous path planning, ship-based launch and recovery, broadband communication and sensors for accurate mapping of sea-ice thickness, drift, and oil-spill distribution needs to be developed and is addressed in the project.