The task of the Continental Shelf Project was to acquire the necessary data in order to document an extension of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in accordance with article 76 of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). During the cruise bathymetric data was acquired using Oden’s advanced multibeam echosounder, as well as collection of seismic and gravimetric data.
Six drifting buoys from the European E-SURFMAR programme were deployed during transit to Svalbard. The buoys measure air pressure, water temperature and ocean currents. The buoys were also part of the Global Drifter Program (GDP).
During the expedition two Argo floats were deployed between Svalbard and Greenland. The floats measures the temperature and salinity of the upper 2 000 m of the ocean. At typically 10-day intervals the floats rise to the surface. Satellites determine the position of the floats when they surface, and receive the data transmitted by the floats. The float then sinks to drift until the cycle is repeated.
Danish scientists in ornithology and marine microbiology also participated in the expedition.
The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat has since 1988 offered artists to participate in research expeditions to the polar regions. One Danish and one Swedish artist worked onboard the icebreaker Oden during the EAGER expedition.
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)