NIVA - Norwegian Institute for Water Research

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is an environmental research organisation committed to research, monitoring, assessment and studies on freshwater, coastal and marine environments in addition to environmental technology. Our key areas of work include environmental contaminants, biodiversity and climate related issues.

NIVAs broad scope of scientific competence, research expertise and long-term environmental data series are important to Norwegian business and industry, public administration on municipal, regional and national levels; and our initiatives help promote Norway's interests in international fora.

NIVA has extensive experience in international research cooperation with international assignments accounting for about 20% of our turnover.

NIVA employees have professional backgrounds in a broad spectrum of disciplines including chemistry, biology, limnology, geology, hydrology, environmental technology, ecotoxicology, oceanography, geography, resource management and environmental economics.

Innovation and business development are a strategic growth sector for NIVA with the revenue from such innovation funding research and contributing to the creation of value in society.

NIVA has over 200 employees. Two-thirds of which have backgrounds in water sciences and over half work in research.

NIVA has several wholly or partly owned subsidiaries.

CIENS cooperation
NIVA is a member of the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research (CIENS), which is a strategic research collaboration among independent research institutes and the University of Oslo.

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  • Used silicone breast implants can reveal pollutants

    Researchers have discovered that used breast implants can be used to measure persistent environmental pollutants in human bodies.
  • How to deal with ballast water

    New international requirements for treating ballast water to stop harmful hitchhikers also pose scientific challenges for the testing of disinfection technology.
  • Gender confusion among periwinkles

    The ban on tin compounds has been a boon for periwinkles and other seashore snails. But scientists continue to find sexually abnormal female sea snails in the vicinity of shipyards.
  • The case of the vanishing pollutant

    Ten years ago trout in Norway’s largest lake had the world’s highest measured levels of the environmental pollutant PBDE. Now their levels are about the same as before the sizeable discharges started in the 1990s.
  • Ferryboats as mobile lab assistants

    By attaching sampling devices to ferries and ships on regular routes around the globe, researchers can detect the smallest amounts of environmental contaminants.
  • Locating hazardous substances

    Large areas of the seabed in a Norwegian fjordsystem are polluted with hazardous substances. To remedy this, researchers have developed models that point out the worst patches of the seabed.
  • The sewer reveals yesterday's drinks

    New methods have been developed for analyzing the by-products of the body's metabolizing of alcohol. Sewage can be used to reveal when and how much we drink.
  • Dilemmas of mining

    The mining industry wants to extract the valuable metals and minerals that can be found in Norwegian mountains, but what to do about the huge amount of waste?
  • Less fish without kelp

    Fishermen in Norway are worried about reduced catches. In their opinion, kelp harvesting is to blame for the disappearance of coastal fish species.

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