NACO - Project description

5. Impact on research and innovation

Observations from the "Svin°y section" and "Station Mike" have found widespread applications and citations in the scientific literature ranging from the involved disciplines themselves through to climate modelling, marine ecology and paleoclimate studies (the latter through correlation and co-variability with longer instrumental and proxy time series). The provision of extended observational data sets opens new possibilities for interdisciplinary research as well as for more involved statistical analysis of space-time coupled variability. In particular the new measurement opportunities are expected to be important for involvement by Norwegian groups in new EU funded research projects.

Impact on the Norwegian research in the field, contribution to the development of the research discipline, and on future possibilities. Data sets of the kind produced here will form excellent material for analysis in teams of climate scientists such as those involved in the Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics (ResClim, www.resclim.no) led by Tore Furevik. The involvement in regular glider operations will lift this technology from an experimental single project activity in Norway to a demonstrated technology capability with potential further application.

The regular availability of observational data sets make climate science and oceanography a more attractive discipline for students and provide material which makes researcher positions attractive. The outreach possibilities towards youngsters from near real time observations and exciting measurement technology over wide spatial areas can also have a significant effect on student recruitment. Outreach potential is excellent with near real time data access. Experience suggests that the fascination of youngsters can be stimulated by seeing the movable platforms and becoming involved in mission control.

The potential for international collaboration is excellent through EU projects, EGO, a proposed COST action and other international projects. A measure of the potential impact of the research infrastructure on competitiveness will be through improved participation in EU and other international projects.

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