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Our Vision

Our vision

NTNU Oceans has as an overarching vison to help solve the big sustainability challenges in the ocean space. Our main goals are to support science, communication and innovation within key areas of technology, natural science, social science, humanities and art, and facilitate interdisciplinary activity at the borders between these areas.


What is NTNU Oceans?

What is NTNU Oceans?

The strategic research area NTNU Oceans is an access point to NTNUs expertise in the field.

NTNU Oceans

  • coordinates and initiates new multidisciplinary activities within research, education and innovation
  • contributes to increase the knowledge base in the maritime, oil and gas and aquaculture industry
  • identifies and develops future knowledge needs in shipping, deep ocean and artic exploration, seafood production, marine resources and energy, marine environment and society through basic research and joint projects with the industry.

Research efforts in natural science, marine engineering, humanities and social sciences are combined to create new multidisciplinary solutions supporting a sustainable production of marine resources, energy and minerals.

Strategic research areas

Our research activities are centered on the following six areas:

Sustainable use of ocean resources – seafood and marine bio-resources.

  • Salmon farming, with a special focus on the environmental factors.
  • Aquaculture technology.
  • Improved utilization of bio-marine resources.

Sustainable use of ocean resources – energy and minerals

  • Exploring the possibility of sustainable extraction of marine minerals.
  • The possibility for sustainable development of ocean wind and potential other renewable energy sources at sea.


Mapping and monitoring of the ocean space

  • Consequences of climate change and pollution.
  • The Arctic and northern ocean areas.
  • Autonomous systems.

Blue art and the humanities

  • Historic and cultural studies of technology and management of natural resources.
  • Research ethics, technology ethics, and environmental ethics.
  • Art and media, what is the role of artists and the media in addressing global challenges connected to the oceans.

Sustainable coastal communities, administration and economy

  • Administration of the ocean and ocean resources – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Circular ocean and coastal economy.

Green maritime transport and infrastructure

  • Energy efficiency
  • Autonomous systems

Collaboration and PhD funding

Collaboration and PhD funding