With the world marching towards renewable raw material-based industries and increasing concerns for the environment, several Norwegian institutions are joining hands to set up a network of sensors for monitoring the underwater environment of the Arctic Ocean. They will also monitor the remote and ice-locked Circle for renewable resources.
The network of oil pipelines, seafloor platforms, cables and research vessels to be used for the monitoring could eventually yield some of the best data yet. Such infrastructure can also help find even the smallest changes in the ecosystem there.
The information collected will help inform scientists about marine resources from fuel to food.
Olav Rune Godoe, head of the research group at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway said,
We try to present a win-win situation. If we are able to join efforts here, we might all come out as winners.