Environmental problems are inherently complex and therefore require a multidisciplinary approach as well as the ongoing development of new knowledge. NIVA offers a broad spectrum of services within water-related issues. We conduct research, monitoring, development and assessments in freshwater, coastal and marine environments, and urban waters.
NIVA has a comprehensive infrastructure at its disposition. For instance we have a large selection of fieldwork equipment, laboratories and an advanced research facility. NIVA also has experience in carrying out small-scale laboratory experiments and large-scale ecosystem experiments.
NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. We combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.
Lower levels of contaminants along the Norwegian coast – but still high concentrations of mercury in cod in some urban areas
The contaminant concentrations in the marine environment are decreasing along the Norwegian coastline – but there are some exceptions. In many urban areas, long-term trends for mercury in cod fillet are upwards. In the Inner Oslofjord, mercury levels in cod fillet have increased over the past 35 years, but leveled out during the past 10 years.
Microplastics found in 4 of 5 bivalve species investigated in Nordic waters
A new research project has looked at microplastics in marine bivalves from 100 sites spread throughout much of the Nordic waters. Microplastics were found in 4 of the 5 bivalve species investigated, and there was a huge variation in the occurrence and type of microplastics.
The Helgeland coast: worth its weight in gold
Nordic coastal ecosystems recently got a scientific health check. The Helgeland coast in Norway did well, according to Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).