K.G. Jebsen PhD students at the conference "Seabed Mapping and Survey"
The annual conference "Seabed Mapping and Survey" was arranged in Geilo in early March. The conference is an international venue for technological development, exploration of sea surface and seafloor and development of techniques for assessing mineral and renewable resources in the ocean.
Three PhD students from the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research participated in this year's conference to affirm the role of the University of Bergen and the Centre in research on the deep ocean. Lars-Kristian Trellevik gave an exciting presentation entitled "Unlocking The Abyss – Resources in the Deep Sea". He provided an overview of the potential resources of the deep sea and the challenges associated with their exploitation. Lars-Kristian highlighted the need for additional research in order to assess the economic potential of the resources that have already been discovered and will be discovered in the future. He also presented a sketch of the model he applies in his PhD project to understand the relationship between technology, innovation, policies, access to resources and economic and societal gain.
Solveig Lie Onstad followed with a talk entitled "Research experience with hull-mounted and AUV platforms in deep-water exploration", where she presented some of the experiences of seafloor mapping attained by the K.G. Jebsen Centre. ROV, AUV, vessel and sensors are important tools in the collection of comprehensive datasets.
Finally, Håvard Hallås Stubseid gave a presentation entitled "Mapping the deep sea: A key to understand geological and mineral-forming processes". Håvard talked about the mapping of the deep ocean within the Norwegian territory and explained that scientific research presently utilizes methods and technology that originally were developed for industry purposes. The presentation emphasized the importance of high resolution maps to further our understanding of volcanic processes in the deep ocean and their effect on hydrothermal systems and mineral formation.