C&F Technology and Innovation

Akvaplan-niva combines our extensive practical experience on the Arctic environment and a strong national and international network of collaborating partners to provide the highest quality expert advice to our clients.

Our advisors utilise an extensive array of data collection and analysis tools to generate essential quantitative and qualitative information as a basis for their recommendations. We continuously strive to expand and improve upon our toolbox in order to meet and exceed society's and industry's requirements for assessing the risks and documenting the quality of the environment.

Particle Transport Modeling

Our team of oceanography modelers are adapting the latest in hydro-physical models such as the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) and Generalized Environmental Modeling System for Surfacewaters (GEMSS®) for applications in northern Norway and north-west Russia. Using these advanced modeling tools, our modelers will soon be able to assist clients in predicting the spread of particle discharges into the coastal seas. Potential applications include assistance in planning dredging projects, land reclamation projects and mining activities. Particle transport modeling will complement our basic monitoring and assessment services.

Visual Tools for Seafloor Biodiversity Mapping

Our marine biodiversity specialists are continuously upgrading our seafloor biodiversity mapping and monitoring services with new methods. We are currently working with tools to perform detailed assessments of biological conditions at selected locations. This includes using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to obtain underwater video images to search for specific items on the seafloor such as looking for mechanical disturbance to benthic systems due to bottom trawling, invasive red king crab impacts or petroleum operations. Our specialists also work with sediment profile imagery (SPI) to obtain undisturbed vertical cross section photographs of the upper 15-20 cm of sediments on the seafloor. The benefits of SPI are rapid collection, mapping and interpretation of the physical and biological seafloor characteristics. Video and photographic evidence ensures that sources of disturbance are not falsely attributed to operational impacts and can be used to establish reference monitoring stations in an undisturbed area.

Real-time Monitoring of Biological Impacts in the Arctic Coastal Zone

Due to the remoteness and harsh environment conditions of the Arctic, accidents pose special challenges for responders. Industries with interests in this region are actively engaged with Arctic specialists to develop specialised technologies and methods for the continuous monitoring and rapid detection of leakage events that result in significant biological impacts. Akvaplan-niva’s Arctic specialists are helping to create these specialized technologies.

The “Talking Clams” biosensor concept ('Molluscan Eye') uses communication technologies attached to Arctic clams to continuously transfer data on the health condition of animals deployed in the environment. Other activities include the development of biomarkers, substances detected in biota, for use as indicators of exposure to chemicals in the environment.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

Clams (Chlamys islandica) are deployed in underwater cages at sites in  northern Norway and Svalbard as part of a pilot program  assessing the utility of these organisms as real-time monitoring devices. Changes in the opening and closing of their shells indicate the environmental health status of these organisms. <span>Image by Lionel Camus</span>
This multibeam map shows the location of pockmarks on the seafloor on the continental shelf of northern Norway. These pocmarks were later monitored by ROV and sampled for sediments and marine life. <span>Image by Shyam Chand</span>
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Roger Velvin
Tromsø, Norway

The Department develops new hydro-physical modeling tools to assist in assessing the potential consequences of human activities on the marine environment.

The Department incorporates new sampling technologies to expand on classical biodiversity survey procedures.

The Department transfers and adapts new pollution monitoring technologies for operations under the harsh environmental conditions found in the Arctic.