A crucial first step in designing operations and developing contingency plans for unintended discharges is to describe and categorise the vulnerability of areas and habitats to the planned activity.
Akvaplan-niva performs vulnerability assessments that address the diverse needs of clients from maritime industries and coastal management governing authorities. Our specialists routinely conduct environmental vulnerability assessments related to coastal oil spills, harbour pollution, sewage disposal and aquaculture operations.
We conduct vulnerability assessments for clients engaged in or responsible for a wide range of maritime related activities. We provide our clients with a complete catalogue of resource assets and capabilities related to each resource, and recommended mitigation strategies for the most serious vulnerabilities and most valuable resources. We have experience addressing a broad spectrum of impact factors, including oil spills, disposal and handling of contaminated and clean sediments, harbour pollution, sewage disposal, discharges from aquaculture farms, and coastal maintenance and improvement projects. Our specialists take pride in producing assessments that exceed our client’s requirements and expectations.
Akvaplan-niva specialises in coastal oil spill sensitivity and vulnerability assessments related to petroleum operations in nearshore habitats of Norway. These are produced, drawing upon our extensive experience gathered through biodiversity mapping and assessment projects performed for the petroleum industry and the Norwegian Environment Agency. Akvaplan-niva also provides services for the design of drilling operations nearby sensitive habitats including cold water coral reef, fisheries, aquaculture and marine habitat protected areas.
In conjunction with our Arctic R&D department, Akvaplan-niva offers field and experimental investigations to support a vulnerability assessment. Using our detailed knowledge of the locations and composition of sensitive habitat types, these studies are designed to address gaps of knowledge or enhance existing information on critical impact factors. Enhancing a vulnerability assessment through in depth investigations leads to better management recommendations. With this higher standard of excellence, our clients achieve greater credibility for their operational plans.