Akvaplan-niva develops and implements monitoring programs of all types of sources and impacts to the marine environment.

The Department routinely contributes to the development of new methods and procedures, updating of national and international monitoring guidelines and standards and in particular the adaptation of procedures to cold climates. In addition to our internal, accredited biological laboratory, we include analytical results from accredited chemical laboratories, through our in house analytical laboratory and other trusted analytical laboratories.

Designing the Right Monitoring Programme

The Marine Department designs cost conscious and effective monitoring surveys and perform regional monitoring investigation of multiple pollution sources. Our experts guide clients to meet their monitoring program objectives. The departments monitoring projects address both pollution in sediments, water and biota and effects to marine environments. Our recommendations to clients are based on a comprehensive approach to data interpretation, supported by geographical information system (GIS) and statistical analyses.

Sediment and Water Quality Monitoring

Since 1989, the Marine Department has been a main contractor for the offshore monitoring of petroleum fields within the Norwegian continental shelf. We perform offshore sediment monitoring of hydrocarbon, heavy metal, persistent organic contaminant and radionuclide levels in combination with sediment characterisation (grain size, organic carbon content, mineralogy, and sediment accumulation) and benthic invertebrate taxonomy to document changes in sediment quality over time. Our specialists perform water column pollution monitoring programs to identify impacts on water chemistry, marine phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish. These programs include a collection of standard ocean parameters to support the evaluation and interpretation of biological and chemical data.

A Toolbox of Diverse Sampling Methods and Technologies

Our experts have an extensive portfolio of monitoring projects carried out for sewage outfalls, harbour cleanup efforts and discharges from maritime industries and aquaculture. In our methods portfolio are physical sampling of water, sediments and biota, satellite remote sensing, sampling with remotely operated vehicles, in-situ deployment of passive and integrating chemical and sedimentary sampling devices, near and real-time observatory systems for retrieval of physical and biological parameters, video and camera data collection methods, biosensor devices and biological effects indicators.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

Field specialists from the Marine Department collect a box core as part of the Barents Sea Offshore Monitoring Program to assess the environmental status before onset of petroleum exploration. <span>Image by Oddmund Isaksen</span>
A vanVeen sediment grab sampler is being deployed during the North Sea Offshore Monitoring Program. <span>Image by Knut Forberg</span>
A sediment profile imagery (SPI) photograph shows the different layers of sediment inside a pockmark on the continental shelf of Northern Norway. <span>Image by Sabine Cochrane</span>
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Lars-Henrik Larsen
Tromsø, Norway

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