NorEMSO is a deep ocean observatory initiative to establish a Norwegian node for the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO, http://www.emso-eu.org/).
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, appears as a large and significant gap in the EMSO. NorEMSO will fill this gap by creating a compre- hensive 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.