New Research School for Satellite Surveillance in Tromsø

A new research school for remote sensing in the High North is being established at the University of Tromsø, Norway. The founders hope to get financial support from the companies involved in the Shtokman field development, reports the Barents Observer.

The research school is called Barents Remote Sensing School (BARESS) and has received 16,3 million NOK in state funding as initial capital. It aim is to become a leading national institution within remote technology research. Remote technology is first of all earth observation from satellite.

BARESS will focus on research on satellite surveillance in northern latitudes, development of new remote technology and use of existing technology for environmental monitoring, University of Tromsø writes on its website.

According to special adviser in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry Jostein Mykletun, the ministry is in talks with oil and gas companies StatoilHydro, Total and Gazprom about further financing.

“It is no secret that the development of the Shtokman field has increased interests towards this school,” Mykletun says to Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation NRK.

The research school will be connected to the newly established Center for Remote Technology, a collaboration between Norwegian Polar Institute, Norut Tromsø, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Kongsberg Spacetec and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at University of Tromsø.


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