BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance™

BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance™

UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is partnering with Subsea 7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects for the energy sector, to create BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance™. The alliance represents a significant step towards gaining a better understanding of the world’s oceans and seas for a sustainable marine future.


Until now, it has not been possible for researchers to assess deep waters at the frequencies or range needed to better understand global ocean processes. BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance™ will accelerate this knowledge through a number of projects which will utilise the NOC’s world-class scientific research and expertise in technology development, combined with Subsea 7’s ability to reach areas of deep marine waters on a global scale and established track record in innovative marine technology and project management.

BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance™ will help bridge the gap between industry and science to support sustainable research and development, providing researchers access to hard-to-reach areas and sharing open access scientific data and knowledge at every step of the way.


BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance’s™ initial projects will include measuring Essential Ocean Variables in usually inaccessible areas through the use of sensor boxes. Fitted to Subsea 7’s global fleet of vessels and Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs), they will enhance the global scale of ocean observations. The alliance will help accelerate the development of critical ocean sensing technologies aimed at addressing global issues such as climate change. Open data gathered by the suites of sensors can then be analysed by scientists worldwide or used to support wider observing initiatives and datasets shaping major global ocean health assessments.


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