Cheering for new industry-oriented research centre

Cheering for new industry-oriented research centre

November 25, 2014
Head of Communication

“The end of last week was absolutely fantastic for Norut’s future,” says CEO Ivan C. Burkow.

There were loud cheers before both lunch and dinner at Norut on Friday. After celebrating at midday that the budget compromise between the Christian Democrats, Liberal Party and the government ensured continued Norwegian participation in the Copernicus programme, more good news soon followed. At 5pm it was announced that Norut, in close cooperation with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, has gained status as a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI).

For Norut’s research environments in Tromsø and Narvik, this means funding of around NOK 50 million over a six-year period.

“This is recognition of Norut’s highly competent experts and provides a basis for developing the solutions of tomorrow specifically aimed at the High North,” says a happy CEO, Ivan C. Burkow.

The new centre has been named the Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations. The centre will be headed by Professor Torbjørn Eltoft from the Department of Physics and Technology at UiT, who is also an adjunct professor at Norut.

The main objective of the centre is to develop knowledge and technology for the monitoring of maritime conditions and forecasting of weather, emissions and sea and ice conditions in Arctic waters. These factors are essential for the petroleum, shipping and fishing industries to be able to conduct safe and sustainable operations in the northern waters.

Norut will head important aspects of the centre’s work within the following two areas: unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and satellite oceanography (ocean monitoring). These disciplines will be developed e.g through several PhD positions.

Broad collaboration

The host institution UiT The Arctic University of Norway collaborates with research partners Norut, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Norwegian Polar Institute, NTNU and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre. Contact has also been established with researchers from several international research institutions.

Corporate partners are Kongsberg Satellite Services AS, Kongsberg Spacetec AS, Globesar AS, Aranica AS, Maritime Robotics, Statoil, Shell Technology Norway AS, ENI Norge, Aker Solutions ASA and Multiconsult. These are a combination of large companies that engage in research and small, newly established businesses that have their origin in the research environments in Tromsø.