Gas hydrate drilling conducted on the European Margin



Since 1996, the Norwegian government has licensed hydrocarbon exploration in seven deep water areas on the continental slope north of the Norwegian Trough. Data acquired in this region, which is of interest to both scientists and the oil industry, provide an opportunity to improve understanding of the geology and development of the area through Quaternary times. Gas hydrates, slope stability, and geohazards are especially important topics for research near the Norwegian Trough.