Terms of Reference

The Polar Challenge Committee (PCC) has the following responsibilities:

  • develop the rules of the Challenge
  • mobilize resources for the Prize
  • coordinate public outreach activities around the Challenge
  • manage the implementation of the Challenge
  • monitor the progress on the Challenge
  • promote the scientific interpretation and publication of collected data


The PCC includes some WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) members, complemented by additional Arctic and Ocean Engineering expertise, and representation from the wider Polar stakeholder community.

Michel Rixen WCRP Switzerland
Jenny Baeseman SCAR Norway
Mark Bourassa FSU USA
Lawson W. Brigham American Polar Society USA
Otis Brown NCEI USA
David Carlson WCRP Switzerland
Greg Flato Environment Canada Canada
Lawrence Hislop CliC Canada
Thomas Jung AWI Germany
Pierre-Philippe Mathieu ESA Italy
Walt Meier NASA USA
Vladimir Ryabinin IOC France
Joerg Schulz EUMETSAT Germany
Mike Sparrow WCRP Switzerland
Matthias Tuma WCRP Switzerland
Peter Wadhams University of Cambridge UK
Brian Ward National University of Galway Ireland


Judge Panel

Details coming soon