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DNV GL’s Veracity partners with Arctic Whale project

DNV GL’s Veracity open industrial data platform has teamed up with the Arctic Whale project, a science and educational project that aims to inspire companies and individuals to reduce marine plastic pollution.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}As part of the cooperation, the Arctic Whale project will feed its visual, marine and research data into Veracity. This will enable exchange of datasets, APIs, applications and insights to help companies unlock, qualify, combine and prepare data for analytics and benchmarking.

The Arctic Whale project aims to investigate if the marine plastic problem has become part of the biological lifecycle of marine mammals that live in remote and pristine Arctic regions.

“We are very inspired by the ambitious Arctic Whale team and look forward to enabling the sharing of the project’s data on our open industry platform. We encourage everyone dedicated to reducing ocean plastic to capitalise on the opportunities that gaining access to this documentation present,” said Jo Øvstaas, lead data scientist in Veracity by DNV GL.

“We want to bring the ocean plastic problem to the people – and make the research and documentation easily available to all scientists around the world that are interested in tackling this huge problem. Our dedicated and respected team of photographers and videographers will help us achieve this,” explained Sandra Ness, co-founder and head of Arctic Whale’s onshore operations.

From the sailing and expedition vessel Barba, the Arctic Whale team will utilise innovative research methods that are easy to visualise and document. Drones will be used to capture whale breath samples (from the air they expel through their blowholes) and analysed for various environmental parameters. Tissue samples will also be taken from blue whales to check if they contain nanoplastics.

The Artic Whale team will also utilise more traditional research methods such as micro plastic trawling and mapping of macro pollutants, plus conduct hydrophone recordings to better understand the biology of the species.

“We believe in the power of sharing to solve the problem that is about to strangle our ocean. We are grateful that we can share research findings and other documentation on Veracity’s open platform,” said co-founder of Arctic Whale and captain onboard the Barba vessel, marine biologist Andreas B. Heide.

The research will be conducted in cooperation with the University of Iceland and the University of Oslo.

The forthcoming Arctic Whale expedition will take place between May and July 2019. The vessel will sail from Stavanger Norway to Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands and Iceland.{/mprestriction}

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