Norwegian Marine Data Centre

About the project

Marine research is by nature multi-disciplinary, combining physical, geological, chemical and biological knowledge and data. Norway has jurisdiction over vast ocean areas and marine industries like offshore oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, and aquaculture are both economically and culturally important.

At present Norway lacks an integrated system for exchange of marine data between institutions, hampering efficiency and impeding the development of marine sciences. This proposal presents a novel marine research infrastructure: The Norwegian Marine Data Centre (NMDC), which will act as the coordination unit for marine data in Norwegian waters. The NMDC will provide seamless access to historical and contemporary marine data, greatly increasing efficiency of marine science in Norway facilitating generation of high quality research.

Successful accessibility to all marine data in Norway can only be accomplished through close cooperation between data originators. The research infrastructure covers interoperability, data documentation, archiving and both data provider and user issues. It is a national initiative building on 15 Norwegian institutions in a concerted effort to make marine data available for national and international research use. The partners represent the universities, university colleges, research institutions and other relevant sectors. As the major national marine data infrastructure, NMDCs European role is envisaged as a component of and contribution to European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFR1). The OECD's principles for free and unrestricted access to research data will act as an underlying principle for data access.


Project Coordinator: Institute of Marine Research

University in Bergen

Norwegian Polar Institute

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Norway Geological Survey (NGU)

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

Christian Michelsen Research AS

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

University of Tromsø

University of Oslo

Uni Research AS

Akvaplan Niva AS

University of Nordland



This project is funded by The Research Council of Norway.



01.08.2012 - 31.07.2022

Published May 6, 2013 10:36 AM - Last modified Oct. 25, 2019 10:33 AM