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Ocean Research

What is the state of the ocean?

The oceans face several challenges connected to e.g. climate change, loss of biodiversity, overfishing, pollution and acidification. At the same time the ocean is key for increased production of food and renewable energy, subsurface storage of CO2, and other ecosystem services.

The One Ocean Expedition provides a unique opportunity for scientists and students to explore and collect data on the status of the worlds ocean, and target specific key research questions such as CO2 exchange between the ocean and atmosphere and ocean acidification, the biodiversity of the world’s oceans, the amount and distribution of human impact on the oceans (pollution, noise, microplastics), in addition to data for verification of satellite observations.

The 107-year-old tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl has become a state-of-the-art research vessel.

The One Ocean Scientific Committee has developed the expeditions science plan and integrated scientific instrumentation on Statsraad Lehmkul to support the scientific objectives of the expedition. Equipped with advanced scientific instrumentation, Statsraad Lehmkuhl can operate as a modern research vessel that can continue to collect scientific data, also beyond the One Ocean Expedition.

Sensors installed and used during the expedition will include online measurements of water quality and pCO2, scientific echosounders, camera systems, hydrophones, biological sampling gear and more. The scientific committee also develops methods for dissemination of the observations to scientists and public from the vessel, and to establish national and international collaborations and recruit students to participate and collect data on the many legs of the expeditions.

Researchers working on board.
Researchers working on board.

A researcher tests parts of the scientific equipment on board. Photographer: Cristine Fagerbakke/IMR.

These following partners are involved in the the scientific research:

- The Institute of Marine Research
- The University of Bergen
- The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
- The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
- The Norwegian Polar Institute
- The Norwegian Meteorological Institute
- The Norwegian Institute for Water Research

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