Through our research, NIVA develops new competance, new methods and new models to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We have extensive experience in transforming knowledge to practial and applicable advice.
Long series of data from environmental monitoring is an important contribution in our research, and publication of results in peer-reviewed journals ensure our work is of the highest quality
NIVA carries out research commissioned or on behalf of public administration and government, industries and businesses, through grants from the Research Council of Norway, participation in EU research programmes and through basic allocation and strategic institute initiatives.
Turf Wars: The New Battle Front of Globally Declining Kelp Forests
For decades in Norway, the species rich kelp forests have been grazed down by sea urchins, leaving behind nothing but naked rocks. As a result of climate change, sea urchins along parts of the Norwegian coast are now on retreat, while the same climate changes are probably the cause of the new, big threat towards the global kelp forests: the rise of turf algae.
Wildlife in the ditches need a detox cure
When it´s raining on the roads, slops of road dust and contaminants drain into the road trenches. What does it do to wildlife living by the road?
Caged blue mussels as environmental detectives
May 2015, Kristiansand, Norway. Two researchers in a boat loaded with thousands of blue mussels, collected from a mussel farm in Lillesand. The boat heads out the Kristiansand fjord, and the researchers deploy the blue mussels in the sea. Why are they doing this?