Cruise participants onboard R/V G.O. Sars: Pål Buhl-Mortensen, Terje Thorsnes, Genoveva Gonzalez-Mirelis, Valerie Bellec, Gertrude Jensen, Anne Kari Sveistrup, Nicole Baeten, Martin Hektoen, Patrick Meyer, Asgeir Steinsland, Heidi Gabrielsen, Josefina Johansson, Stepan Boitsov, and Kjell Bakke Space. Jan Åge Vågenes also participated, but was not in the picture.
Video images are particularly useful to classify the seafloor in various natural environments. Identifying biotopes and habitat types provides a useful framework to determine biodiversity, biological production, and the ocean floor’s food web. Deep ocean habitats are still not well understood in many Norwegian waters, but studies conducted by MAREANO (Marine AREA database for NOrwegian coastal and sea areas) have provided an overview of how the sea floor habitats should be categorized in areas mapped thus far.
Presently, all bottom samples and videos have been sent to the labs where they will be analyzed. When results are in, reports on many new and exciting discoveries will be forthcoming.