Weather and ice

Strait talk for a safe passage

An automated system of current forecasts has been developed to support secure navigation through Saltstraumen, where the world’s strongest tidal currents create powerful whirlpools.

Last changed: 26. August 2016

Sharing data from unique science survey

Some 100 scientists and technicians involved with a collaborative research expedition on the RV Lance in 2015 are now working on their findings at Norwegian and foreign institutes.

Last changed: 26. August 2016

Better-informed fishing

Norway’s fishermen can now get official information directly on their chart plotter with the FishInfo service. Launched by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) and BarentsWatch, this aims to provide the right data at the right time in the right channel.

Last changed: 20. January 2016

Enhancing wave alerts

Warnings of cross seas have been added by BarentsWatch to its wave forecasting service, making travel by sea off Norway even more secure.

Last changed: 20. January 2016

Special forecasts for waves

Wave forecasts for particularly vulnerable areas help us to decide whether it is safe to be at sea.

Last changed: 11. July 2014

Polar lows explained

Chart layers from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway) are being provided by BarentsWatch to show the probability of a Polar low hitting an area within the next 42 hours.

Last changed: 11. July 2014

Several reasons why the sea is rising

A warmer climate leads to higher sea levels worldwide. However, this does not mean that the sea level is rising by an equivalent amount along the Norwegian coast. Tectonic uplift also plays an important role.

Last changed: 07. July 2014

Ice Map and information about change of sea ice

Increased activity in the Arctic, often near the ice edge or on the ice, combined with a trend for thinner ice, requires detailed mapping of sea ice for safe transportation in northern areas.

Last changed: 19. March 2013

Polar lows

Polar lows are intense and short-lived cyclones unique to the polar regions.  They can have fatal consequences and do great damage. Normally there are between 10 and 20 events in the Atlantic sector during the season from October to April.

Last changed: 19. March 2013

Safer traffic in polar regions

The Weather services will in the near future establish a service for the detection, tracking and forecasting of polar lows.

Last changed: 19. March 2013