The Lofoten-Vesterålen Cabeled Ocean Observatory

The Lofoten-Vesterålen Cabeled Ocean Observatory (LoVe) is a Norwegian infrastructure for marine research, monitoring and subsea technology development.


Lofoten-Vesterålen is an oceanographic, biologic and economic hotspot off the North Norway coast. The first phase of the LoVe observatory was funded by Statoil in 2013. The expansion of this observatory was granted funding by the Research Council of Norway in 2015 through the Infrastructure programme. The infrastructure project, led by the Institute of Marine Research, is a collaboration between major Norwegian marine research institutions and industry, and will launch and operate the expansion of the infrastructure.

LoVe will include a wide range of sensors for marine measurements, providing data to a many areas of marine science and monitoring , including

  • Oceanography and Chemical Oceanography
  • Marine Ecology
  • Fisheries science
  • Marine Geoscience

CMR contributes to the development of LoVe with our expertise on sensors, technology, data handling and visualization, and is PI for the work package “Sensors and Technology”.

Illustration: Hola and the LoVe Observatory Nodes

Data source (bathymetry and terrain): @ Kartverket, 


28.09.2016: First contract signed for the LoVe infrastructure (external link – IMR)

13.05.2016: Invitation to tender (external link – GCE Subsea)

07.01.2016: LoVe Observatory Extension Tender Out (external link – Subsea World News)

29.12.2015: Going live for LoVe (link)

21.12.2015: Har fått 72 millioner til å live-overvåke havbunnen (external link – Sysla)

26.06.2015: Forskningsrådet gir 60 millioner til LoVe (external link – IMR)