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GLIDER Project

Scientists and consultants in cooperation with users will develop a system for distribution and management of the collected data. This will ensure that data are available for different marine and maritime industrial user-groups (such as offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, fisheries, offshore mining and tourism), and for government authorities and the research sector. The goal is to offer baseline information for decision making to support profitable ocean businesses and governmental management. The collected data will contribute to better understanding of the structure and function of the marine ecosystem, improving existing ecological, oceanographic and meteorological models.

The goals of phase I was to: 1) identify sensors and assemble sensors and gliders, 2) develop an e-infrastructure for data management, 3) assess the performance of the vehicles and sensors in the Norwegian Arctic ocean, and 4) demonstrate that the usefulness of gliders to collect biological and physical data of high resolution for ecosystem understanding.

Phase II will have three objectives 1) understanding the effects of seismic shooting and discharges of produced water from Ekofisk O&G facilities on a number of marine species in the North Sea and 2) to further develop the concept into an operational system to provide professional services for research and industry.

The partners in the project are the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Norwegian Institute of Water Research, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway, Nord University, Kongsberg Maritime AS, SIMRAD, Maritime Robotics AS, Offshore Sensing AS, NORCE and Aanderaa Data Instruments AS.