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News 2017


New Tender for Bathymetric Mapping in 2018

The MAREANO programme will continue the bathymetric mapping in Svalbard, the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea in 2018. A new tender competition for bathymetric mapping was published 16 December 2017.

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Testing Autonomous Mapping

New sensor platforms, such as autonomous vehicles and drones, open up new possibilities for mapping the terrain, sediments and habitats in shallow waters and the foreshore. In June MAREANO teamed up with NTNU-AMOS to test out unmanned and autonomous platforms for interdisciplinary mapping. 

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New Nautical Chart on Svalbard

A new chart covering waters north of Nordaustlandet, has been published. This main chart is named “no. 541 Nordporten–Sjuøyane”. MAREANO and the Norwegian Mapping Authority Hydrograophic Service surveyed the fairway to Rijpfjorden in 2016.

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In a Sea of Stars

Mud Stars are important as they burrow down into the mud, helping to oxygenate the sediment and stimulating microbial growth, which contributes to nutrient cycling and release. They also feed on the organic matter present within the mud, hence the name Mud Star.

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MAREANO Live at the UN

This Norwegian seabed-mapping program is a provider of knowledge for blue growth. Watch the live stream when MAREANO presents itself at the UN 28 March.

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Rich Formations on the Seabed of Spitsbergenbanken

Now we are able to reveal how the landscape curves itself on the bottom of Spitsbergenbanken on Svalbard. In 2016, the Finnish firm Meritaito has been conducting bathymetric mapping on Spitsbergenbanken and in the Barents Sea, organized by the MAREANO programme.


The Fairway to the Rijpfjord Surveyed

– MAREANO has planned to survey the Rijpfjord in Svalbard in 2017 and 2018. Therefore, the fairway into this arctic fjord was surveyed in 2016, says Hanne Hodnesdal at the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.