REPORT THE DEEPSEA ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING CLUSTER
DURING THE VNC & NBSSW FULL DOCUMENT HERE:
Runde Environmental Centre (REC) and Innovation Norway (IN) are cooperating to build the first bilateral cooperation cluster for deep-sea environmental monitoring and knowledge. The key words for the DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster are integration and connection (www.deepseainternationalconsortium.wordpress.com). The Cluster aims: to have an active relationship with deep-sea environmental research and economy (blue economy); to be committed to solve climate and deep-sea environmental monitoring challenges, create value across existing industries and sectoral structure, such as oil and gas industry and subsea fleet, where Norway and Brazil have expertise; to become a driving force in the development of sustainable solutions for the regional business in Rio de Janeiro and Møre og Romsdal region, and help to increase innovation speed for the deep-sea environmental monitoring through the cooperation with universities and technology research institutes.
Claudia Erber, a marine biologist from REC, presented the DeepSea Project experience and prospects on the Subsea Operations Sessions during the November Conference (V NC), in Rio de Janeiro, organized by Innovation Norway and Brazil’s National Innovation Agency (FINEP) at 06 November (https://norwaybrazilweek.com.br/v-november-conference). This conference is organized for the 5th consecutive year and has evolved into one important venue for Norwegian-Brazilian knowledge exchange. All major Norwegian FOU institutions and universities participated. The V NC had focus on six thematic research areas, each closely related to the technological target areas in the BN21 agreement. These areas are not only important for both countries’ energy industry, but are also based on on-going bilateral Research Industry & Energy partnerships between Brazilian and Norwegian institutions.
As part of IN strategy to strengthen the cooperation between both countries, the main stakeholders have joined forces to organize the 1st Norwegian-Brazilian Business and Science Week (NBBSW) in November 2017 (https://norwaybrazilweek.com.br/). Brazil is one of the most relevant export markets for the Norwegian O&G and Maritime industry. REC and CSA Ocean Sciences organized one afternoon meeting, “The DSEM Cluster Round-table” (09 November 2017, https://norwaybrazilweek.com.br/deepsea-environmental-monitoring-cluster-round-table) during the NBBSW. The theme was research and environmental monitoring during decommissioning of oil platforms. The DSEM Cluster Round Table had 50 participants, including (15 institutions from Brazil and 11 from Norway). The round-table brought multidisciplinary professionals to discuss and exchange experiences relating to the practical problems of environmental monitoring management during decommissioning processes of offshore structures in Norway and Brazil. Representatives from the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Environment in Brazil discussed possibilities to improve the best practices for monitoring the deep-sea environmental before, during and after decommissioning processes. Kongsberg Maritime presented new technology applicable for the subsea monitoring. Arthur Ayres, from UFF demonstrate new sonar technologies onboard AUV that can develop consistent survey procedures to map subsea installations around production platforms for decommissioning projects. Prooceano and Norwep discussed development of network interaction between government, business and universities that can be used to innovate the deep-sea environmental monitoring. The superintendent of FINEP is optimistic with the DSEMCluster development. The focus is to increase research-based cooperation between research institutions in Brazil and Norway with continuity improvements for Brazilian O&G sector.
Runde Environmental Centre is working continuity to keep the network active to connect industry and science to integrate marine innovation and conservation. The next steps are to obtain funds for the DSEMCluster future development. The DSEMCluster has 20 stakeholders in Brazil and 15 stakeholders in Norway. The coordinator, Claudia Erber, from REC is optimistic towards the consolidation of the first cluster for deep-sea environmental monitoring and cooperation between Brazil and Norway:
– “We are expecting soon the 2nd Public Call Finep – RCN to start-up the new projects to improve the deep-sea knowledge” says Erber.