LoVe Ocean Observatory is in operation.
METAS is proud to announce that we had the pleasure to develop and install the Lofoten – Vesterålen Ocean Observatory (LoVe). The project is a result of a long-term joint work by Statoil ASA and Institute of Marine Research (IMR). The observatory is located in an oceanographic, biologic and economic hotspot off the North Norway coast (Figure 1). It is an oceanographic hotspot because the shelf is very narrow and northern drift of warm Atlantic water is concentrated and very dynamic in this area. The properties and amount of warm Atlantic water passing this area drives the development of the marine environment in the High North later in the year. It is a biological hotspot because the large oceanic fish stocks are passing through or spawn in the area and the first feeding of many larvae is taking place here. Finally, the area is expected to hold large oil and gas resources but exploitation of these resources is controversial due its importance of this region for fish, fish predators and fishermen.
LoVe is an initiative to further develop the knowledge base of the physical, chemical and biological environment as well as support the general monitoring of the key area. The observatory is located at 258 m depth in an area with deep water corals. It holds a suite of sensors including camera for coral observations, CTD, Acoustic current profiler, chlorophyll and turbidity, and finally an echosounder with two transducers and a hydrophone. More sensors are to be implemented at a later stage.
The current condition can now be observed directly at http://love.statoil.com