Strategic Thematic Area

NTNU Ocean Science and Technology

- "Knowledge for sustainable exploration and use of the ocean space"

Ocean Science and Technology is one of four strategic areas at NTNU. It will contribute with competence and knowhow that address global challenges such as growing food and energy demands, climate change and shortage of raw materials. This will be achieved through cross-disciplinary research alliances and student projects, international collaboration, and interaction with industry and authorities in the field of marine and maritime sciences and technology.

The oceans are appointed special attention at NTNU through research, education and innovation activities. By combining natural science, marine engineering, humanities and social science, NTNU encourages the creation of technological solutions for a future sustainable development of marine-based activities.

The following faculties are involved in NTNU Oceans:

  • Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art
  • Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management
  • NTNU University Museum

Within the area of Ocean Science and Technology, NTNU has chosen 6 areas of attention:
Photos: Bjarne Stenberg (copyright NTNU)

Green shipping: Sea properties and maneuvering, ship design, energy efficiency, smarter operations, security, safety and risk
Deep sea exploration: Underwater robotics and sensor platforms, sensor systems, simulations of complex operations, hybrid testing in lab, resource mapping, environmental management, autonomy in operations
Operations in polar seas: Arctic marine technology, autonomous systems, arctic marine environment
Sustainable seafood: Aquaculture technology, marine biotechnology, processing and industrial exploitation, food safety, interactions with the environment
Minerals and sea-based renewables : Deep-sea minerals, offshore wind energy, energy from marine bio-resources, wave and tidal energy

Marine environment and society: Governance, security and reliability, environmental analysis, communication, value chain analysis, maritime history