NIVA's Section for Oceanography works 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" as well as modelling of the world’s oceans.
Our expertise includes:
- Design and development of ocean observing sensors and platforms
- Testing, calibration, implementation, and validation of new sensors
- Studies related physical, chemical, and biogeochemical processes
- Monitoring of eutrophication, toxic algae, and ocean acidification
- Remote sensing calibration/validation and image processing
- Pelagic/benthic physical and biogeochemical modeling
- Databases and statistical analysis
Here are some of our core interests:
Climate change is happening now. In the oceans we see this physically through increasing temperatures, chemically through carbonate system variability, and biologically through changes in phenology. Many of our projects aim to better understand and monitor 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 web, there would be no fisheries. By understanding spatial and temporal variability the food web, 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.