The comprehensive and continuous exploration of the deep ocean and ocean floor requires smart, innovative solutions for observation and sampling techniques and monitoring devices under extreme environmental conditions, including robotics, new sensors and advanced digital solutions. The Enabler Deep-sea Technology and Ocean-Floor Observing Systems (TECHNOLOGY) strives to improve MARUM’s existing technology and develop new technologies and instrumentation tailored to the Cluster’s ambitious scientific goals.
The objectives described in Research Units RECEIVER, REACTOR and RECORDER are closely linked to innovative developments in the existing fleet of seagoing systems working in the water column, at the sediment-water interface, and within the ocean floor. Science-driven improvements and new developments in marine robotic systems, particularly in their payloads, focus on
- systems to measure and sample particles throughout the water column (most important in RECEIVER),
- enhancement of MeBo seafloor drill-rig capabilities (main focus in RECEIVER and REACTOR),
- remotely operated vehicle (ROV) real-time 3D environmental mapping (main focus in RECEIVER and REACTOR), and
- implementation of in-situ mass spectrometry (REACTOR, jointly with Enabler TRACERS).
These developments encompass significant key technological advancements to achieve the overarching objectives of the Cluster. The close interaction between ocean-floor research and the development and use of sophisticated technology will provide an excellent environment for training a new generation of marine scientists.