Since 1991 the marine geophysical company PGS has acquired seismic data of the ocean subsurface worldwide, which oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. This activity has created an extensive MultiClient data library and numerous data sets delivered to clients. In addition to seismic data the PGS vessels have also gathered great amounts of surplus data of the oceans like temperatures, salinity, depths, currents and weather conditions. PGS has decided to open its surplus data base for the benefit of research on the ocean developments.
The Norwegian Shipowners Association has on the basis on the initiative by PGS decided to invite the whole Norwegian fleet, around 1.800 vessels, to take part in the project and share all surplus data of the oceans.
The Data will be accessible and open to all research communities World Wide.
The oceans represent our most important global common resource. Healthy and productive oceans are essential to the prosperity and well-being of mankind. Some estimates show that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world oceans. On one hand acidification, rising sea temperatures and pollution are already affecting life below water deeply. On the other hand, there are expectations for subsea energy supply, extraction of vital metals, mineral resources, food and bases for tomorrows medicines. Covering 70% of our planet, only 5% of the oceans are explored.