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Merete Kristiansen

Managing Director

+47 975 18 909

About Akvaplan-Niva

Akvaplan-niva integrates research, decision support and technical innovation to secure economic value and safe environmental operations for businesses and authorities in all water related issues. We offer a range of practical and cost-effective solutions like pre-entry screenings, impact, vulnerability and risk assessments, environmental monitoring programs, contingency planning and operational decision support.


Policies, plans and project have to be evaluated for potential impacts to nature, environment and society. Environmental and Social impact are assessed through ESHIA procedures, involving the public to various extents. Akvaplan-niva perform EIA of all types of activities influencing the natural environment. We apply internationally recognised assessment tools and techniques to systematically predict extent and duration of environmental impacts.


Our Sensitive Environments Decision Support Group (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. 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.

  • Early-phase environmental screenings
  • Oil Spill Modelling
  • Environmental Risk Assessments
  • Oil Spill Contingency Analyses
  • Spill Impact Mitigation Assessments
  • Oil Spill Response Planning
  • Oil Spill Response Advisors
  • Strategic Decision Support
  • Development of methods and standards