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LoVe Ocean Observatory

Illustration by Equinor and IMR

The Lofoten-Vesterålen (LoVe) Ocean Observatory is located west of Hovden Vesterålen in northern Norway. It is placed in an ecological, geological, oceanographical and economical “hotspot”.

The system comprising sea floor cables and seven sensor nodes which covers a transect from land to the deep sea. This provides unique continuous online data about the ocean environment in northern Norway.

The first part of the observation system has been in operation since 2013. It includes a land station and one seafloor node (Node #1) and an umbilical that interconnects them. This system is run as a cooperation between the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and Equinor.

Node #2-7 was financed by the Research Council of Norway’s (RCN) infrastructure funding in June 2015, together with in-kind contributions from partners in the LoVe consortium.

The system is a national research infrastructure for basic and applied research, as well as a test infrastructure where the industry can test new underwater sensors and technology.

GCE Ocean Technology has been active in establishing the infrastructure and associated research, development and innovation projects.

Learn more about LoVe Ocean Observatory (Phase #1).

New webpage ( in preparation, covering the entire observatory.


Project Owners Institute of Marine Research (Host), Partners: Equinor, NORCE, SINTEF, University of Bergen, University in Tromsø, FFI, NERSC, Norges Fiskarlag. GCE Ocean Technology is observer in the consortium.
Period Node #1: Operational since 2013. Node #2-7: 2018 –
Funding Phase 1 and Node #1 was funded by Equinor. Phase 2 and Node #2-7 will be funded by the Research Council of Norway's (RCN) infrastructure funding in June 2015, in addition to in-kind from the partners in the consortium.
  • Established a unique continuous online ocean observatory system for northern Norway.
  • Secured 72 million NOK in research infrastructure funding.
  • Established spin-off project utilising the infrastructure to develop new technology.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang