A&M Technology and Innovation

Providing updated, reliable and cost effective services is of prime interest to Akvaplan-niva. We apply and make use of both traditional and new methods and technology to effectively collect and analyse samples, perform data analyses and present results and conclusions to our end users according to needs and requests.

We are continuously upgrading our methods and revising our internal procedures to provide the most advanced tools and technologies within our portfolio of monitoring and assessment services.

Adapting Monitoring Approaches

Research in and monitoring of the marine environment is mostly based on a limited number of samples and indicators, requiring skilled interpretations and assessments. Sampling is the key element in all marine work, and to secure comparability of samples in time and space, standardised equipment and sampling methods are essential. The Arctic, with significantly differences in light, temperature and biological production regimes calls for alternative strategies in sampling, analyses, adaptations of threshold limits, limits of significance and baseline knowledge. With our specialized knowledge and experience on the Arctic, we adapt monitoring approaches and new data collection technologies for use under Arctic conditions.

Improving Assessment Tools

Akvaplan-niva uses the latest scientific developments to update procedures and develop new approaches for environmental impact assessments. For example, our specialists played a central role in developing the Norwegian Environmental Risk Assessment approach for offshore oil spills and the risk assessment tool - EIF for sediment. Today, these are the standard tools relied upon by the oil industry.

One of our proven capabilities is our ability to adapt and optimise regional assessment tools to Arctic areas. We have been especially involved in amending logistical and practical challenges connected to data gathering in remote Arctic areas using GIS based tools, such as, The Ice Edge Resource Module (IERM). This tool, which predicts the location and distribution of resources along the Ice Edge, is currently being developed into a generic Arctic risk assessment and evaluation tool.

Building a Decision Support System for Ecosystem-based Impact Analyses

With the implementation of ecosystem based management approaches on the Norwegian continental shelf, petroleum operators need better ways to realistically assess the range of potential ecosystem impacts related to their planned or on-going operational activities. Such a system is being developed through a Norwegian Research Council, User-driven Innovation Project, jointly financed by the Research Council and a consortium of petroleum operators. Led by Akvaplan-niva and the SenSe team, the project develops a fully operational integrated modelling system to perform ecosystem-based impact analyses for the Lofoten-Barents Sea region. The system is being developed to serve in the future as a modelling platform linked to data streams generated by emerging real-time monitoring technologies for use in real-time operational decision-making.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

A vanVeen sediment grab sampler deployed in the Barents Sea. <span>Image by Fugro AS</span>
The SYMBIOSES modeling framework simulates aspects of the marine biosphere in three dimensions of space and in time with a focus on fish and plankton populations. It will be used to predict realistic potential impacts of oil spill scenarios and to perform comparative evaluations of risks and benefits for a selection of fishing and petroleum activities in the Lofoten/Vesterålen region of northern Norway. <span>Image by Statoil ASA</span>
Deploying a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to select sampling locations for monitoring of the Norwegian continental shelf. <span>Image by Hector Andrade</span>
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Lars-Henrik Larsen
Tromsø, Norway