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WP1: Drone Infrastructure Specification & Establishment

Infrastructure Specification and Establishment


We specify user requirements, design drone and sensor infrastructure, purchase hardware and software, and set up physical space.

Two physical nodes are planned at NIVA in Oslo and NTNU in Trondheim, where the required space is guaranteed by the two institutions.

Design and Methods

SeaBee identifies user requirements, including specifications to purchase drones and sensor systems, and allocates the space necessary to accommodate drones, sensors, and associated infrastructure.

Systems proven in the field are preferred. Fixed-wing and multirotor drones are required for different applications, e.g., fixed-wings cover larger areas in shorter time (300 h/hour), while rotor drones are preferred for low altitude (<50m) and high precision mapping (<1cm/pixel).

This Work Package will define, specify and purchase drone-sensor systems that fit the needs of downstream infrastructure. We systematically evaluate requirements based on feedback from the other infrastructure components.

Lead: NIVA

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading institute for fundamental and applied research on marine and freshwaters. Our research comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. We combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.


Anders Gjørwad Hagen, NIVA. Anders is specialized in fish physiology and the development of novel and non-destructive parasite treatments against the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris in Norwegian rivers. He has experience with managing large projects, hazard and risk management and SOP development in projects with significant environmental and public exposure. Since 2013, Anders has been the head of Section for Research Infrastructure at NIVA.