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NorSOOP will strengthen research and observations of the marine and atmospheric environments, as well as contribute to finding better solutions for observing and managing human impact on the world's oceans.

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Contact person
Andrew Luke King
Involved from Niva
Jie Liu

About the project

NorSOOP (Norwegian Ships of Opportunity program) is a national research infrastructure that uses ships of opportunity, such as container ships, ferries, and cruise ships, to support oceanic and atmospheric research and observations. NorSOOP will help to find ways to detect and manage human impacts on the ocean.

NorSOOP has ships that operate regularly in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea (including coastal Norway and fjords), and the Barents Sea in the Arctic.
The ships are equipped with state-of-the-art environmental sensors and samplers to measure physical, chemical, and biological processes in Norwegian waters. Some of the ships will also have lab space available for advanced tasks and experiments.

NorSOOP is a project funded by the Research Council of Norway for 26.9 mNOK over 5 years to establish a ship of opportunity-based infrastructure to support marine and atmospheric research.​

Project details

Funded by: Research Council of Norway, Research Infrastructure program, project number 269922
Budget: 26.9 mNOK (~3.1 million Euro) over 5 years; May 2018-May 2023
Partners: NIVA (project coordinator), IMR, Met NO, and Akvaplan-niva
Project coordinator: Andrew King (NIVA)
Associated projects: Horizon 2020 JERICO-NEXT, Horizon 2020 INTAROS
Primary objectives: 

  • Coordinate and upgrade existing FerryBox ship of opportunities
  • Add 3 new lines (Lofoten Islands, Norwegian Sea, Arctic)
  • Develop and implement cutting edge environmental sensors
  • Provide onboard lab space for visiting researchers and experiments

For more information, please visit the NorSOOP project website.