Due to the rapid development of the climate and possible consequences of this in the Arctic, the collaboration with several international research institutions is likely to increase, e.g. with AWI and IRM-GEOMAR (Germany), NOCS (United Kingdom), IFREMER (France) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (USA).
Several research groups that develop and use instrument and sensor technology already exist. The Norwegian research community is ready to face the challenge starting up in 2009 and already possessed a considerable infrastructure that can contribute to ocean observatories for monitoring of ocean and the seabed.
The future development can be considered in 3 steps:
STEP 1 (running pre-project)
- Deploy the fjord observatory (October 2010) for development of expertise in parallel with establishment of training sites for expensive deep ocean observatory infrastructure.
- Build a cable to the existing Hermes-lander off Vesterålen (August/September 2010)
STEP 2 (main proposal to be submitted in October 2010)
- Extend cabled observatory at Vestrålen withwith local landers
- Build a cabled observatory on the shelf western Svabard.
- Maintain the fjord observatory for technology testing
STEP 3 (future proposal for larger deep ocean cable-based observatory off the Norwegian continental shelf)
- Extend the Vestrålen cable beyond the shelf break
- Extend the Svalbard cable towards the ESONET station "Hausgarten"
- Implement observatory at Snøvhit
- Cable based continental shelf observations in cooperation with the oil and gas industry
With observatories on these sites, we
- have control over main water masses entering the Barents Sea ecosystem
- have Control over different depth regimes (shelf and deep sea)
- cover an ocean region of global important and of high sensitivity to climate change