The program is aims to provide answers to questions such as: How is the seascape of the Norwegian continental shelf? What does the seabed consist of? How is the biodiversity distributed on the seabed? How are habitats and biotopes distributed on the seabed? What is the relationship between the physical environment, biodiversity and biological resources? How concentrated are contaminants stored in the seafloor sediments.
The Institute of Marine Research, the Geological Survey of Norway and the Norwegian Mapping Authority comprise the executive group of MAREANO, and lead the day-to-day activities of the programme. The Programme Group, led by the Directorate of Fisheries, has the executive responsibility for the MAREANO activities.
The MAREANO Steering Board is comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Climate and Environment, The Department of Petroleum and Energy, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Programme is financed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Climate and Environment, through allocations in the national state budget.