VITAL RESEARCH ON HURRICANE PREVENTION
In recent years the world has witnessed intense tropical storms costing thousands of lives. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused damage of USD 90 billion. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept across Haiti, claiming 852 lives and destroying towns across the island.
Seeing the devastating damages caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 motivated us to come up with the idea behind OceanTherm. With 1833 lives lost in addition to enormous damages, we all asked ourselves “how did this hurricane become so strong?”
Cooling the sea surface by exploiting colder water from deeper down in the water column could significantly reduce the strength and in turn the damage of hurricanes. Founded and headquartered in Norway, we are a dedicated and highly competent team working on developing the method and the technology to do so. As our research has shown only promising results so far, we feel an obligation to go the distance needed to test our hypothesis at scale.
WHAT WE DO
Tropical hurricanes are generated when masses of hot and cold air collide above warm ocean water. The hurricanes obtain their energy from the ocean surface when – crucially – the surface water temperature is above 26.5 °C. Cooling the surface water would deprive the hurricanes of their energy source, potentially stopping them before they make landfall, or at least stopping them from developing into stronger hurricanes.
WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
It is not a coincidence that this idea was born in Norway. Our competence builds on knowledge spillover effects from our strong history of doing research and development of ocean technology for other purposes. In collaboration with Norwegian and International research environments, we are determined to push the boundaries of what is possible to achieve with the bubble curtain technology.