SINTEF Applied Chemistry delivers a range of services in environmental monitoring of soil, sediment, water and biota. We aim at performing state-of-the-art services for:
Using statistical and modelling tools for planning environmental monitoring
Sampling methodology, including long-term exposure of caged organisms and use of adsorbents
Low-level trace analysis of metals and organic compounds, covering all major pollutants
Remedial investigation and feasibility studies for heavily polluted areas
In-situ monitoring methodology - a cost-effective way of obtaining screening data with high resolution
Natural resource damage assessments
Environmental forensics, e.g. oil spill identification
Assessment of environmental effects is based on reliable tools for determination of the environmental load of the different oil components. For regular discharges of pollutants, it is important to monitor potential adverse effects in the vicinity of the discharge points. This is a challenging task due to the low concentrations of the target compounds in different environmental compartments.
Acute spills (e.g. blowouts or ship accidents) require extensive monitoring of the environmental load in water, sediment and biota in addition to monitoring the direct effects on biota in the influence area. Preparation of a quality plan, monitoring plan and use of state-of-the-art sampling methods for water, sediment, and biota, sample handling and sample storage are important key features for a successful monitoring program.
Marine Environmental Technology is a major contributor to environmental monitoring of discharges from the Norwegian oil industry, and has also operated internationally in monitoring programs following acute oil spills.
Contact at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry: Alf Glein Melbye