Leader of the Norwegian Ice Service
Based in Tromsø and is responsible for the daily operation of the Ice Service and for project management including the development of new data processing algorithms and information services. Hughes has over 20 years experience in Arctic and Antarctic research with 15 field campaigns. Currently he is coordinating the EC research project KEPLER (Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness) investigating the future evolution of the European Copernicus programme for the polar regions, and is leading the Polar Use Case work package of the ExtremeEarth project developing new cloud-based artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for extracting sea ice information from Earth Observation data. He is also involved in the Research Council of Norway funded Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) CIRFA, developing pilot information services for iceberg, sea ice, oil spill and polar lows. Hughes is the creator of the new QGIS-based ice charting system Bifrost. He is Norway’s representative on the IOC/WMO JCOMM Expert Team on Sea Ice.