NorGliders - Norwegian national facility for ocean gliders

NorGliders - A national ocean research facility

Geophysical Institute (GFI), University of Bergen, Norway serves as the responsible host for the Norwegian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (NorGliders). The infrastructure is accessible for external users. NorGliders aims to:
    - maintain and develop ocean glider infrastructure and expertise in Norway
    - facilitate access to use of the infrastructure
    - coordinate an operation center comprising of a team of pilots distributed among various institutions in Norway, strengthening the Norwegian expertise nationwide.

Ocean glider technology has matured in the last decade. GFI at UiB built a strong group of users and technical expertise starting with the NACO project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. NorGliders operates a fleet of ocean gliders, which presently consists of Kongsberg Seagliders and Teledyne Webb Slocum gliders.

The map above shows the overview of glider missions completed until December 2018, showcasing the coverage of the Nordic Seas, as well as the high-latitude regions in Svalbard. Outstanding sites of interest are the Svinøy Section, the Lofoten Basin of the Norwegian Sea, the Mohn ridge, as well as the Iceland and Greenland Seas.

»News & Media links

July 2018: NRK: Det vanskelige havet
January 2015: Svalbardposten: Raske endringer i Isfjorden
June 2014: Utforsker ukjente hav med droner
June 2014: UiB: Neste stopp Polhavet
June 2014: SYSLA: Nå skal denne dronen dykke under isen
April 2014: SYSLA: Denne undervannsdronen erstatter et tokt med 15 personer
February 2014: Aftenposten: Henter opp dypets hemmeligheter
February 2014: Aftenposten: Henter opp dypets hemmeligheter
December 2013: Fylkesmannen S&Fj: Undervassglidar, framtidas overvaking?
October 2013: Plocan: Glider mission by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and PLOCAN at Lake Hornindal
October 2013: BT: Gul drone i Hornindalsvatnet
October 2013: Fjordingen: Skal ned til 514 m
July 2012: Andøyposten: Undervannsrobot slippes ut i Golfstrømmen
June 2012: NRK: Samlar inn miljødata med glidefly
June 2012: SMP: Undervassglidefly frå Runde
April, 2010: Forskningsrådet: 18 millioner til fjernstyrt havovervåking
April, 2010: På Høyden:18 millioner til undervannsforskning