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Pilot Andrè Kjellstrup med dronen kraken i lufta over Andøya 17. april i år. Foto: Markus Eckerstorfer.
Snow

The radar onboard the drone Kraken can measure snow depth, image snow layers and see objects under the snow. Earlier in the spring, Norut demonstrated how drones can contribute to emergency preparedness involving avalanches.

PERFECT: Colleague and supervisor Chris Petrich drag the rubber boat (as a safety precaution) out to the buoy in Beisfjord to download measurements from the probe and collect ice cores. Photo: Megan O'Sadnick.
Ice

Many people have wondered who they are and what they are up to, these people who regularly wander across the ice wearing a wetsuit and pulling a small rubber boat.

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Environmental technology forms an important and future-oriented area of activity for Norut Narvik.

Pupils in 9th and 10th grade will be learning about the History of the North in the project called Siida. This will be done by the help of an online gamin platform, where up to 100 persons can play at the same time.

During Uninettkonferansen 2004 in Harstad, Norway, Norut IT was awarded a black belt in broadband by the Uninett test group. Norut IT represented by Audun Heggelund and Pål Currie won this year's broadband competition.

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The first weekend in May this year was the warmest since 1934. Snow melting in Norwegian mountains speeded up rapidly, leading to high water levels in the main rivers. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate sent out warnings for a "10 - 20 year flood".

The sheep in Finnmark are gourmets. The menu is topped by juicy herbs and grass in the rich Dark-leaved Willow woods (

Salix myrsinifolia ssp. borealis). Too high grazing pressure results in anthropogenic grassland with monotonous vegetation dominated by Tufted Hair-grass (

Deschampsia cespitosa).

Norut IT is managing the research project PhenoClim, funded by the Norwegian Research Council where the objective is to monitor climate changes. More than 100 elementary schools registered when birches started leafing in 2003, and the results so far correlates well with information from satellite images.

Good films are hard to find on the Internet, and hardly any films that can be used for educational purposes. Thanks to a project managed by Norut IT, three documentary films accompanied by teaching material are now available at the Visual Cultural Studies at the University of Tromsø.

Norut IT and Fiskeriforskning have developed a method for spotting fish bones hiding in cod fillets. The first robots for plucking out the tricky last bones will soon be installed in Norwegian fish industry. This may nearly double productivity and once again make our fish processing competitive with China.

ProjectLink is a tool for project work in schools. It is developed by Norut IT and Norwegian Computing Center in close cooperation with pedagogues and providers of multimedia contents.

The HØYKOM programme for stimulation of broadband applications wants to spread information about some of their most outstanding projects, and ProjectLink is now accepted as one of their "beacon" projects.

Norut Narvik's structural engineering research group performs research and development tasks of high quality within many areas:

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