Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography
NIVA's Section for Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography work all the way from satellites to the deepest oceans, from light, trace metals and nutrients to the smallest planktonic algae and to the top of the food chain. We work all the way from small datasets to "Big Data" and modelling of the World’s Oceans.
NIVA's Section for Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography gathered for a seminar. (Photo: NIVA).
Here are some of our core interests:
Climate change is happening now. In the oceans we see this physically by increasing temperatures, chemically by changing carbonate concentrations and lowering of pH, and biologically by extinction of- and moving species. Many of our projects aim to monitor and understand climate change and environmental challenges.
Marine production and food security
Marine production starts with the smallest building blocks; light, nutrients and trace elements and inorganic carbon. Planktonic photosynthetic algae grow from this, and are eaten by larger planktonic animals. These small animals get eaten by larger fish. Without this basic food chain, there would be no fisheries. By understanding the food chain, we can secure our fisheries.
Linking our work to economic and cultural benefits or challenges is a key to gain more from our research. How do we do it? By engaging economists and social researchers in our projects. We also help the industry with their environmental monitoring to secure a sustainable development.