BarentsWatch is an open information system managed by the Norwegian government and focused on collecting, organizing and sharing information about Norwegian coastal and sea areas. All information and services are presented on barentswatch.no portal.
BarentsWatch provides users with simple access to its information via open APIs, which makes it easy to integrate it with third-party services such as Clarify for more effective extraction of value from this data.
BarentsWatch was launched in 2012 by Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time, and Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. The project is managed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration and is subject to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries of Norway.
The project was initiated with a goal to develop a centralized ocean management and information system that would provide users with an overview of activity in Norway’s coastal and sea areas for better cooperation, professional development and access to information. BarentsWatch is partnering with ten Norwegian ministries and 29 administrative agencies and research institutes, while the development work on the project is conducted by commercial contractors through public procurement. Specifically, the technological platform behind the BarentsWatch information system was developed by Kongsberg Spacetec company, a supplier of ground stations based in Tromsø, Norway.
The BarentsWatch project combines various information and services related to the sea and coastal areas of Norway and its neighbours. BarentsWatch covers a sea and coastal territory that stretches from Denmark in the south, to Greenland in the west, the North Pole in the north and Novaja Semlja in the east.
The BarentsWatch web portal includes a number of services and solutions that can be used by public agencies and governmental institutions, as well as private users.
Shared Resources Register (SRR) is a collection of informational resources from government agencies, voluntary organisations, and private businesses meant to be used by rescue and emergency workers.
ArcticInfo is a service that provides relevant information for vessels in Arctic waters to help them navigate in the Arctic safely.
Provides wave forecasts for the most vulnerable and dangerous areas along the Norwegian coast.
The service provides a weekly overview of information related to the health of the local fish population, including salmon lice monitoring, diseases and countermeasures.
Marine Spatial Management Tool is a solution for updating and publicly sharing the management plans for the maritime zone.
Other informational services by BarentsWatch include Fishery Activity (historical overview of fishing facilities in Norway), Saltstraumen (automatically updated forecast for the Saltstraumen tidal current), Polar Lows (polar low forecasts and warnings), FishInfo (fishing maps from Norwegian authorities), and Sustainability (information about Norwegian aquaculture). The portal also allows users to create and share their own maps relevant to fishing and aquaculture in the region.