July 6th 2017

NGU part of Europe-wide network for marine geology

Europe is committed to growth in the maritime industry. The photo above was taken during a marine geological cruise along the Møre coast on the vessel "FF Seisma".
The EU heavily supports the blue growth economy, which includes marine and maritime industries. An important contributor here is the EMODNET network, and the EMODNET Geology portal which assembles data and makes it available for all of Europe.

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNET) develops the infrastructure for the EMODNET Geology web portal. EMODNET assembles and harmonizes data from other fields of expertise, too, like chemistry, biology and physics, and makes the data freely accessible to support blue industrial growth in Europe.
The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) has participated in both EMODNET 1 and EMODNET 2, and now EMODNET 3, projects that have been in nearly continuous operation for the last eight years.

Contribution to the maps

"We have made extensive contributions to the maps," says team leader and researcher Reidulv Bøe, who also expresses his satisfaction with the results of the work so far. He also pointed out that MAREANO, a comprehensive national mapping program, puts Norway in an advantageous position when it comes to experience with gathering knowledge about the seafloor.
EMODNET was led by the British Geological Survey (BGS for) for eight years. Now, the Finnish Geological Survey (GTK) has taken over project responsibility, with Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) playing a central role, developing the data portal and map services.

Standardized data

"Marine research is interdisciplinary, and EMODNET Geology has managed to assemble, standardize and display data on sea floor characteristics such as bottom sediments, quaternary geology and bedrock geology", says Reidulv Bøe.
There were 14 organizations from 14 countries that participated in the launch of EMODNET in 2009 -  now 36 partners contribute. The project continues to pour in increasing more, new higher-resolution data into this platform, with the aim of including data from all the territorial seas of Europe.

Relaterte prosjekter

MAREANO maps the bathymetry, seafloor conditions, biodiversity, geodiversity and sedimentary contamination along the Norwegian coast and sea areas.