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Clean Ocean

Challenges related to marine littering and pollution must be solved to realize the sustainable bio-marine growth needed for the future.

SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research

What is SINTEF doing?

SINTEF is working to increase knowledge about the spreading and environmental consequences of pollutants in the World's oceans. Our ambition is to develop solutions for reducing the amount of pollution reaching the World's oceans and for cleaning the marine environment.

Expertise at SINTEF

SINTEF has relevant expertise in many areas related to Clean Ocean Research. We work on finding solutions and answers to the following questions:

  1. Where does the pollution come from and where does it end up in the World's oceans?
  2. What effect does the pollutant have on marine life?
  3. How can the amount of pollution in the World's oceans be reduced?
  4. How can we help decision makers?

The SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research brings together and coordinates relevant expertise for clean ocean research in SINTEF.

What can you do?

  • REDUCE your use of disposable and/or single-use plastic
  • REUSE your bags for grocery shopping
  • RECYCLE whenever possible
  • Make sure you handle all of your waste correctly
  • Don't litter
  • Help others to do the same

Focus Areas

Oil Spill R&D

Oil Spill R&D

Ved utilsiktede oljeutslipp er det behov for rask og korrekt respons for å redusere de miljømessige konsekvensene. Forskning og god forståelse innen en oljes oppførsel og egenskaper på sjøen er essensielt for god beredskap og igangsettelse av de...

Plastic in the Ocean

Plastic in the Ocean

Challenges related to marine littering and pollution must be solved to realize the sustainable bio-marine growth needed for the future. One of the major challenges is the increasing amounts of plastic found in the World’s oceans.

Deposition in the Ocean

Deposition in the Ocean

Deposition of e.g. mine tailings may pose a risk to the marine environment. SINTEF is working on developing innovative solutions for recycling of materials and safe deposition into oceans.

Nanomaterials in the Ocean

Nanomaterials in the Ocean

Together with our research partners, SINTEF is working on developing systems and methods to increase the knowledge of the effect of nanomaterials on the environment and health of people.

Ocean Politics

Ocean Politics

The Law of the Sea of 1994 gave states rights and responsibilities for marine resources within their own economic zones, with additional demands of collaboration on protection of shared resources. Marine pollution is a global challenge that still...

Emerging Pollutants

Emerging Pollutants

A wide range of anthropogenic chemicals are released to the oceans. However, only a few of these are routinely monitored and regulated by authorities. SINTEF aims to identify and evaluate the environmental fate and effects of previously less or...

Laboratories

Ecotoxicology laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

Ecotoxicology laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

This laboratory has husbandry facilities for aquatic organisms at various trophic levels, and is equipped to carry out exposure and biodegradation studies at different temperatures using through-flow systems.

Microbiology laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

Microbiology laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

Our laboratory applies a range of analytical methods in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology and medical microbiology. Our activities focus primarily on the biodegradation of environmental toxins and the implementation of data in our...

The meso-scale laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

The meso-scale laboratory at SINTEF SeaLab

This laboratory enables us to verify the results of bench-scale experiments under more realistic conditions. Our facilities, in which temperatures can be regulated, provide us with major advantages during tasks such as the preparation of field...

Environmental and biochemical analysis

Environmental and biochemical analysis

SINTEF Ocean offers chemical analysis of emerging and priority pollutants, petroleum products and biomolecules. With our advanced analytical platform, we tailor analytical solutions to each project. We co-operate closely with laboratories across...

SINTEF SeaLab

SINTEF SeaLab

The laboratories at SINTEF SeaLab have been established to support our research activities. They are well-equipped with instrumentation and can be adapted to various kinds of studies.

Videos

SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research works for a healthier marine environment

SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research works for a healthier marine environment

Part I: What are microplastics?

Part I: What are microplastics?

Part II: Where do microplastics come from?

Part II: Where do microplastics come from?

Part III: Why microplastics

Part III: Why microplastics

Part IV: Andrew Booth talks about What happens to the plastic over time?

Part IV: Andrew Booth talks about What happens to the plastic over time?

Part V: What effects does plastic have on the environment?

Part V: What effects does plastic have on the environment?

Clean Ocean Team