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.
Monitoring alien marine species
NIVA have in a new study examined the occurrence of marine alien species in the Oslo fjord to develop a cost-effective method for early warning of new alien species, and of monitoring the spread and ecological effects of some selected alien species.
Measuring microplastics in blue mussels
Many different methods have been developed to monitor microplastics, although the lack of standardisation limits comparability. It is vital to carry out standardised monitoring to acquire a baseline understanding of microplastic contamination in the Norwegian environment. A new project aimed to identify suitable methods for monitoring microplastics in blue mussels and sediments - with sampling stations around the coast of Norway.
Climate adaption of water management
EU Water Framework Directive gives specific goals that Member States are obliged to reach. But in a changing climate, with increasingly frequent and extreme weather and climate events, how is water management effectuated?