Game of Drones: Norway turns to drones to find trash in the fjords
Norway's fjords have long inspired the country's artists and drawn streams of tourists. In winter, their ice-laced surfaces shimmer beside snow-capped mountains: a vision of natural beauty, blissfully untouched. But lost in the depths of the fjord in Oslo, stretching out from the capital, is a trove that would please any intrepid archaeologist or Nordic noir sleuth: sunken Viking trinkets, warships from WWII and more. Mostly, though, the fjord is filled with garbage, like unwanted cars. And that has alarmed environmentalists.
Now, the capital is turning to new technology to help pinpoint the litter so that human divers can scour it off the seabed. This past Thursday (March 1), board members of Oslo 's Port Authority approved a pioneering trash-removal plan. "We will test out drones," said Svein Olav Lunde, the chief technical officer of the Oslo Port Authority, shortly after the meeting, explaining how these unmanned vessels will be used to help clear out underwater "islands of trash."Geir Rognlien Elgvin, aboard member, says he believes that Oslo 's port will be the first in the world to try this sort of trash pickup. The drones will plunge into the depth