Swedish Centre for Ocean Observing Technology

In the current rapid transformation of ocean observations, SCOOT is the Swedish node and enabler. We focus on small and innovative companies in automation, sensor technology, communication and adjacent areas of ocean technology. SCOOT provides ocean expertise and infrastructure (ships, autonomous platforms, instruments, sensors, workshop), to researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs. Together we create a dynamic environment with collaboration and problem solving!

Behind SCOOT is a consortium consisting of University of Gothenburg, MMT Sweden AB and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. External funding comes from European Regional Development Fund.


  • Sebastiaan Swart (chair), University of Gotheburg
  • Anna Willstrand Wranne, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Ola Oskarsson, MMT Sweden AB
  • Thomas Mennerdahl, MMT Sweden AB
  • Anna Wåhlin, University of Gothenburg

Reference group

  • Jessica Hjerpe Olausson, Region of Västra Götaland
  • Mikael Hägg, Research Institutes of Sweden
  • Åsa Burman, Lighthouse
  • Fredrik von Elern, Swedish Maritime Technology Forum

“Lead Active People In Transformation”

  • Technological, operational, scientific, industrial and commercial lead come together.
  • It is essential that Sweden takes an active part in the ongoing and rapid transformation of ocean observations.
  • The key components are people: entrepreneurs, engineers, technicians, managers, students, researchers.
  • Ocean observation is in transformation, automation and robotics are strong drivers.

SCOOT's offer

Are you a researcher, entrepreneur, innovator or belong to small or medium sized enterprise? SCOOT wants to collaborate with you!

#1 Focus on autonomous vessels

We concentrate a lot of our efforts on autonomous vessels for ocean measurements. These are the tools of the future in science, monitoring, inspection, surveillance. Opportunities and challenges include sensor integration, communication, piloting and navigation, data processing and management…

We arrange seminars and hands on workshops dealing with the different types in the SCOOT fleet of autonomous vessels. This culminates in the intense workshop ‘SCOOT all in‘. Here our fleet of autonomous vessels is available, together with support vessels, technicians and experts. Do you want to take part in this? Contact us and follow our news and tweets!

#2 Common goals – making it happen!

A continuous focus for SCOOT is to act as a forum and gathering point for people in the field of marine research and innovation. Together we identify common needs and solutions. We define goals and we make them feasible by finding resources, including different types of funding. Do you want to take part in this? Contact us and follow our news and tweets!

#3 Making resources available

We make resources from the consortium available to other parties. For innovation and research projects the resources are made available at low or no cost. The resources page present a non-exhaustive list of what is available: Autonomous and remotely operated vessels, buoyed and moored systems, ships. Do you want to use SCOOT resources? Please contact us! 

Ocean Data Factory Sweden

July 1st, 2019, was the starting date for Ocean Data Factory Sweden. SCOOT takes on the coordinating role, working with a large consortium from the industry, academia and public sector organisations. ODF Sweden is headed by professor Robin Teigland from Chalmers University of Technology.

ODF Sweden is an arena for competence building and innovation, open to all who believe that crunching data from the ocean is 1) fun, 2) holds the answers to a sustainable blue economy and 3) gets really productive when different competences do it together! We will be conducting our activities in high paced cycles focusing on selected themes. Some additional and preliminary info.

ODF Sweden is part of Vinnova’s (Sweden’s Innovation Agency) investment to speed up development within AI. We are delighted to see that also the National Space Data Lab will be initiated. Planning for joint co-creation has already started.

Contact: Robin Teigland, robin.teigland@chalmers.se

Site for Ocean Observing Technology

RISE leads a partnership between technology developers, suppliers, research and public activities with the objective of establishing Test Site Skagerrak as a test and demonstration area for sustainable marine and maritime innovation.

SCOOT will support Test Site Skagerrak with test planning and with planning for SOOT – Site for Ocean Observing Technology. The intention is that SOOT from 2020 will be an open semi-permanent test facility in the 117 meter deep Gullmar Fjord. SOOT will be suitable for testing complete solutions for ocean observations, but also for testing selected parts of such solutions. SOOT will provide an up-and-running autonomous observation system to which innovators can integrate their solutions. SOOT will also provide necessary permissions for ocean measurements.

Contact: Kerstin Hindrum, kerstin.hindrum@ri.se

Ocean Drone Team

The Ocean Drone Team is the group from the innovation project Marine Drones. The team is led by Robert Rylander from RISE. A crucial partner is the Chalmers Revere lab, now planning for a “Revere on water”. ODT does experimental work on autonomous ocean platforms.

Contact: Robert Rylander, robert.rylander@ri.se

Research projects



Thwaites-Amundsen Regional Survey and Network Integrating Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Processes

Both long-term continuous and short-term regional observations will be used to record the environmental conditions and ice shelf’s responses simultaneously. Atmosphere-ice-ocean multi-sensor remote autonomous stations (AMIGOS) will be installed on the ice shelves for two year providing sub-daily observations of concurrent oceanic, glaciological, and atmospheric conditions.

Ocean properties on the continental shelf and in the sub-ice shelf cavities will be measured using gliders, ship-based surveys and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The data gathered will be supported by observations from mooring and CTDs.

More info here!

Contact: Anna Wåhlin, anna.wahlin@marine.gu.se


Robotic Observations and Modelling of the Marginal Ice Zone

Annually, 18 million km2 of ice grows and melts around Antarctica. We have limited knowledge of the ocean within, and at the edge, of this enormous sea-ice impacted domain of the Southern Ocean. The surface ocean processes are poorly quantified due to a lack of observations made at the right time and space scales. These scale gaps have been recognised by the science community as a key link towards improving our understanding of the sensitivity of the Southern Ocean to climate change. ROAM-MIZ is multi-institutional initiative to observe the full seasonal cycle of the upper ocean in the MIZ near the Greenwich Meridian.

Autonomous platforms are in the water. Follow live progress here!

Contact: Sebastiaan Swart, sebastiaan.swart@marine.gu.se



Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate

The overall objective of SO-CHIC is to understand and quantify variability of heat and carbon budgets in the Southern Ocean through an investigation of the key processes controlling exchanges between the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice using a combination of observational and modelling approaches. A combination of dedicated observation, existing decades- long time-series, and state-of-the-art modelling will be used to address specific objectives on key processes, as well as their impact and feedback on the large-scale atmosphere-ocean system.
Contact: Sebastiaan Swart, sebastiaan.swart@marine.gu.se

Innovation projects

Marine Drones

Marine drones with extreme endurance for more vigorous monitoring of the marine environment

The project aims to demonstrate the flexibility of the existing autonomous platforms, operating on the surface of the water, and how these through intelligent and innovative solutions can be developed to greatly increase our ability to monitor the marine environment. Different platform capabilities allow us to develop and demonstrate multiple conceptual actions, including scientific measurements and environmental monitoring, monitoring of facilities and areas, efforts in which drones assists other drones, efforts with the drones in the heavily trafficked waters, etc.
Additional info here.
Contact: Robert Rylander, robert.rylander@ri.se

Find Me

Find Me

Today, a cost-effective and easy-to-use technology is lacking to locate and identify fishing gears. We propose a cost-effective and passive technology to accurately identify and locate fishing gear under water, based on our expertise in microelectronics and sensor systems together with our knowledge in marine science. Our system offers simultaneous identification and localization and is more cost effective, compared to existing systems on the market today.
Additional info here.
Contact: Cristina Rusu, cristina.rusu@ri.se


Autonomous Monitoring of marine Invasive species

The challenge driving this project is the development of a sustainable strategy to significantly limit the spread of marine invasive species. Today invasive specie s are the main threat to biodiversity. The suggested solution is an early warning system for invasive species based on DNA- methods, tailor-made to find species on alert-lists. Shipping is the large st vector for spread of invasive species why ports and fairways are optimal for monitoring. Early detection is crucial in aquatic environments where mitigation else might be come very costly or even impossible.

Additional info here.

Contact: Lena Granhag lena.granhag@chalmers.se