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Boksen som flyteknikerne fra Bromma Air Maintenance monterer under flykroppen på Dornieren inneholder utstyr du vanligvis finner i fjernmålingssatellitter. Foto: Rannveig H. Stiberg.
Air&Space

A regular scheduled passenger aircraft will for the first time fly with equipment and high-resolution imaging systems normally used on satellites. Scientists believe this is the start of a new era for collecting environmental data and that the aircraft will also increase safety and emergency response in the Arctic.

Pilot Andrè Kjellstrup with the drone, Kraken, in the air over Andøya on 17 April this year. Photo: 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.

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The term "cold climate" refers to the combined actions of low temperatures, snow, ice and wind, and possibly also the absence of daylight in the period when the sun is below the horizon. Cold Climate technology is technology that is specially developed to reduce disadvantages with - or exploit advantages of - the cold climate.

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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