About Us | Our Mission, Team, and History

Cryosphere Innovation builds hardware and software products that increase understanding of the natural world.


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Our mission is to improve understanding of the Earth's Cryosphere by creating thoughtfully-designed, data-driven, hardware and software tools that enable world-class research while fostering collaboration.

Our History

Cryosphere Innovation started in 2017 as the brain-child of Cameron Planck and James Whitlock while they were graduate students at Dartmouth College. After spending years developing the next-generation Sea Ice Mass Balance Buoy, they decided to take it to market as SIMB3. Today, SIMB3 has become a premier tool for observing thermodynamic changes occuring to the Arctic sea ice cover.

Cameron and James doing a (post all-nighter) photo shoot with the first two SIMB3s ever built before driving them to Boston for shipment to Alaska. Taken 16 June, 2017.

  • Cryosphere Innovation Founded

    17 November 2017

    Cameron Planck and James Whitlock form Cryosphere Innovation to fill market demand for sea ice observational equipment.

  • First Customer Aquired

    1 March 2018

    Cryosphere Innovation aquires its first customer, Ice911 (now Arctic Ice Project) and builds a custom SIMB3 equipped with Apogee pyranometers for detecting changes to icident and reflected sunlight.

  • Cryosphere Innovation Moves In!

    28 February 2019

    After years of building buoys in offices, random garages, and office floors, Cryosphere Innovation moves into a leased shop space in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

  • 4 SIMB3s Deployed On MOSAIC Cruise

    12 September 2019

    4 SIMB3s were deployed as part of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate, the largest campaign ever mounted to study the Arctic climate.

  • 10th Customer Aquired

    3 March 2020

    Cryosphere Innovation hits double-digit customers.

  • 50th SIMB3 Shipped!

    28 March 2022

    Cryosphere Innovation ships it's 50th SIMB3 to the Alfred Wegner Institude in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Our Team

Dr. Cameron Planck

President & Co-Founder

Cameron is the president, chief engineer, and managing member of Cryosphere Innovation. As a technologist, engineer, and full-stack developer, Cameron has sought to apply his multiple passions & hobbies at the intersection of climate science and engineering. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State and a PhD in Engineering and Geophysics from Dartmouth.

James Whitlock

Principal Electrical Engineer & Co-Founder

James is a founding member of Cryosphere Innovation. James has used his passion for electrical engineering and design to advance geophysical sciences through technology in instruments like the SIMB3. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Norwich University and a Master of Science in Engineering from Dartmouth.

Interested in working with us? Drop us a line here. We're always looking for talented individuals to add to our team.

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