SensE Technology and Innovation

SensE translates scientific results into practical tools to manage environmental risk from oil spills, especially when working in sensitive areas.

We integrate recent research developments with practical experience to develop new approaches and improve the existing methodology and support tools in environmental risk assessment. We also engage in innovation projects that require an integrated understanding of marine life and operational challenges.

Creating the Next Generation of Risk Assessment Tools

The combination of experience on both biological sensitivity issues in assessments of environmental risk and from the operational side of oil spill cleanup provides SensE with a unique basis to carry out projects where scientific results are translated into practical tools for operational use. The SensE team, in partnership with several consultant companies, is leading the development of a new multi-compartmental, multi-level risk assessment model for global application.

SensERA

SensERA is our software tool for performing quantitative environmental risk assessments. By combining design and specifications by the SensE team and high level programming skills by Kantega (http://www.kantega.no), our preferred IT partner, we are able to perform in depth and full width analyses, without compromising on number of simulations or species. In our analyses, we include all species where quantitative data exist, and the full range of oil drift simulations for rates and durations. This resolution is maintained in the results generated, on environmental risk as well as range of potential impacts. SensERA is continuously developed to accommodate new approaches and user needs.

SensEweb

SensEweb (www.senseweb.no) is our project web site, where the complete set of results from an analysis can be made available, providing full transparency of approach and results to the wider community and stakeholders. By combining the output from SensERA and our GIS tools, results are available in an intuitive user interface, developed on the same principles and with the same parties as SensERA. Our project web site also provides functionality for presenting information from field surveys, where location of geotagged photographs are presented in Google Maps through an interface designed for SensEweb by Kantega. Access to various levels of information is organized through designated groups and roles, with designated passwords and user names for our clients..

Akvaplan-niva in Action

SENSERA generates a variety of figures and results addressing the specific needs for environmental risk assessments in sensitive areas <span>Image by Geir Morten Skeie</span>
SENSERA generates a variety of figures and results addressing the specific needs for environmental risk assessments in sensitive areasImage by Geir Morten Skeie

For More Information

Cathrine Stephansen
css@akvaplan.niva.no

Related Reading

Oljevernberedskap - Lofoten og Vesterålen – Analyse av beredskap mot akutt forurensning.

Skeie, G. M. (2010)

APN-4526.04 (In Norwegian). Client: Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO).

Felles prioriteringsmodell for beskyttelse og sanering av områder mot oljeforurensning, inndeling i prioritetsklasser.

Spikkerud, C.S. og G.M. Skeie (2010)

APN-4526.03 (In Norwegian). Client: Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO).