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NorEMSO Promo

What is really going on in the water mass of the deep ocean?

Ilker Fer and his colleagues got the opportunity to find out more about this when the Research Council gave them the green light. NorEMSO is a coordinated, large-scale deep-ocean observation facility to establish a Norwegian node for the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO) European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). NorEMSO is funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

Project partners are University of Bergen, Institute of Marine Research, NORCE, University of Tromsø, Norwegian Polar Institute and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

The EMSO research consortium was established in September 2016, and is now an ERIC. EMSO aims to explore      the under-sampled oceans, to gain a better understanding of the critical role that oceans play in the broader Earth systems, and has observatories in key areas across the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.    The Nordic Seas, a tremendous player in our climate system and global ocean circulation, appear as a large and significant gap in the EMSO. NorEMSO will fill this gap by creating a comprehensive observatory network                    of the Nordic Seas, and making it a part of EMSO.  NorEMSO will achieve this by the expansion of existing and establishment of new infrastructure, as well as its coordination and integration into EMSO.

The network of NorEMSO in the Nordic Seas has three main components: moored observatories, underwater gliders, and an integrated seafloor and water column observatory near a hydrothermal vent site on the Mohn Ridge. NorEMSO’s overarching scientific objective is to better understand the drivers for the temporal and spatial changes of water mass transformations, ocean circulation, acidification, and thermo-chemical exchanges at           the seafloor in the Nordic Seas. NorEMSO will produce and make available high-quality, near real-time data, which will contribute to improvement of models and forecasting. 



Earlier coverage on the web

Får klarsignal for nytt nasjonalt havobservatorium (in Norwegian)

NorEMSO: Styrker observasjonskapasiteten til havs (in Norwegian)

CAGE contributes to new Norwegian deep-ocean observation system

Mer data fra havene (in Norwegian)


Tall oceanic mooring in the central Fram Strait from NorEMSO ready for another year

In September 2023, the central Fram Strait mooring F10 was serviced by the Norwegian Polar Insitute as part of the Nordic Seas node NorEMSO. This site forms an important component of the wider observing system across the Fram Strait, the largest gateway to the Arctic Ocean, monitoring in- and...
K-Lander recovery.

Mooring and lander recovery at Sørkapp

A research cruise was conducted onboard the research vessel Kronprins Haakon from April 17th to April 24th 2023 in the frame of the infrastructure project NorEMSO (Norwegian node for the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water column observatory network).
Deployment of the EMSO Mohn Observatory lander touching the sea floor at 3050 m below sea surface.

EMSO-Mohn deployed at the Fåvne site along the Mohn Ridge

Last June, during the center for deep sea research cruise the Geo Department at UiB was able to deploy the observatory EMSO Mohn on Mohn Ridge at Fåvne. Within 6 hours after launching the observatory from the mother ship it was positioned less than 2 meters from target location. The world’s deepest...


The project leader is Ilker Fer (UiB), and the co-leader is Benedicte Ferré (UiT).

Ilker Fer | ilker.fer@uib.no

Benedicte Ferre | benedicte.ferre@uit.no