Investigating the Polar Regions

Reliable technologies for long term operation in extreme environments

Investigating the Polar Regions

The last five decades, CMR have developed a range of products for oceanographic and weather observations in close cooperation with research organizations and meteorological institutes around the world. The instruments for deployment in the Arctic/Antarctic are typically used for gathering data as input for climate research and meteorological purposes. Satellite systems are used for reliable communication. Our measurement systems for Polar environment are developed for

  • Reliable operation under extreme conditions
  • Long term operation due to the low power consumption

On request, CMR can perform research and development of unique measurement systems for Polar environment. We also provide range of different floating or submersed oceanographic and weather observation stations.

Examples of recent polar measurement systems include:

  • Unmanned Ocean Vechicle (Sailbuoy)
  • Air deployable weather buoy for polar areas (ICEX)
  • Polar bathymetry autonomous measurements (Bathymetry Bouy)
  • Automatic seismic data acquisition from drifting sea ice (Seisdrift)
  • Upward looking sonar (ES300)

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Did you know – Since the inception in 1930, scientists from the science division at Chr. Michelsen Institute, CMI (now CMR), have journeyed out of Norway to the far corners of the Earth. There is even an area in Antarctica named after one of our scientists. Kvinge Peninsula was, in fact, named after Thor Kvinge who studied ocean currents and the formation of the bottom water in the Weddel Sea together with colleagues from CMI and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen. Which instruments could they use, where should they place them, and how? And not the least: How would they get there?

Picture above: Depositing instruments in the Weddel Sea. Thor Kvinge on the right.

The Arctic pioneer and researcher Odd Dahl plays also a significant role in the CMR history. As a member of Amundsen’s Maud scientific expedition in the 1920s, Dahl sailed through the Arctic North-West Passage and built scientific sensors to understand the secrets of the Arctic. Dahl joined the science division of CMI in 1936 and brought the company into the most spectacular projects thanks to his scientific skills, good knowledge and impressive national and international network.

Picture above: Odd Dahl in the Maud scientific expedition.