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    OceanLab Node 4: Marine Observatory

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The OceanLab Marine Observatory provides a unique platform for users to develop and test new measurement and monitoring technology, as well as establishing key observational sites that will enable long-term insight into the environmental status of Trondheimsfjord.

New global trends in oceanographic research, combined with the tighter financial constraints on industry, have created a rapidly growing demand for more cost-effective marine environmental research. Traditionally, fieldwork associated with marine research is very expensive, with high volumes of labour and large direct costs. The development of autonomous platforms such as gliders and underwater vehicles has enabled monitoring to be performed with significantly reduced costly ship-time. There is a need improve technology and operational competences surrounding the use of new and autonomous platforms for monitoring the marine environment and streamline these observations with modelling tools. Application areas span the entire range of environmental monitoring and forecasting topics, from monitoring of acute releases of pollution to fundamental understanding of marine environmental processes.

The establishment of OceanLab provides a dynamic field laboratory that encourage collaboration across the national research communities and scientific disciplines in technology development for environmental monitoring. OceanLab will strengthen Norway's position within the use of autonomous platforms for environmental research and will provide a platform for development and testing of new technology to other established observatories such as the LoVe observatory (Vesterålen).

We are currently in the phase of developing functional and technical requirements for the Marine Observatory. If you have suggestions, questions, or would like to make use of the data then please contact