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  • Andromodous fish, such as these Arctic Charr, are born in fresh water, spend most of their lives in the sea, and return to fresh water to spawn. Akvaplan-niva scientists, together with other researchers affiliated with the Fram Centre, are learning new details about the life history of these fish by using acoustic fish tags as tracing devices. Photo by Guttorm Christensen
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Coastal & Freshwater

We specialise in the performance of assessments of water quality, biodiversity, habitat status, and ecosystem effects from pollution sources in the coastal zone, coastal waters, and freshwaters. We classify waters in accordance with the European Union Water Framework Directive while biodiversity and habitat status are evaluated in accordance with national guidelines.

The Department provides advice on environmental issues related to coastal and fresh water resources and habitats. Our core geographic region is northern Norway and north-west Russia. We design and carry out investigations for clients from private companies and government agencies who seek information on the potential or realised local impacts of building projects or emissions sources. Examples include the assessment of impacts from industry, agriculture and discharges of treated and non-treated waste water and from landfills. We specialize in the performance of assessments of water quality, biodiversity, habitat status, and ecosystem effects from pollution sources in the coastal zone, coastal waters, and freshwaters. We classify waters in accordance with the European Union Water Framework Directive while biodiversity and habitat status are evaluated in accordance with national guidelines. Hydro-physical modeling is an important component of our services in wastewater planning, recipient capacity, optimal location of farms, as well as road and bridge development projects.

Discharge Monitoring & Impact Assessments
We conduct environmental impact assessments and perform accredited monitoring in freshwater environments and littoral and sub-littoral zones in coastal waters and fjords. We have experience with all types of emissions, including organic matter, nutrients, pathogens, metals, and toxins.
Biodiversity Monitoring & Protection

We specialise in biodiversity surveys for shoreline and inland waters. These include surveys of habitat types, registration of alien species, freshwater fish, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. Our biodiversity specialists assist companies in managing their operations to meet or exceed biodiversity protection standards and regulation


Environmental Quality Management
We help companies meet national water management objectives and the European Union Water Framework Directive. Supported by modeling tools, we provide advice on the management and planning of wastewater handling, farming and other activities that generate discharges to the sea.
C&F Technology and Innovation

By staying on top of the latest advancements in coastal and freshwater environmental sampling and analysis tools, we are able to offer flexible solutions to address the individual needs of our clients. These efforts include adapting new approaches and instruments for use in our core geographic region of northern Norway and north-west Russia.