Norway is a world leader in marine technology development and implementation both for oil industry as well as for food production through aquaculture.
Norway's traditional dependency upon pelagic and coastal aquatic environments for the acquisition of natural resources gives it a particular responsibility for surveillance of these activities both to understand local and global effects on ecosystem diversity, as well as to predict and prevent loss of biodiversity due to human activity.
Time-series sampling of affected environments is an ideal tool for investigating current ecological situations and for improving models to predict future conditions.
Uni Research Environment performs commission- and research project-based exploration and surveillance of aquatic biodiversity in Norwegian pelagic, coastal and freshwater environments. We are developing new monitoring tools that capitalize on advanced molecular biological techniques that generate "catalogues" of biodiversity at unprecented resolution.
Using these "snapshots" of biodiversity in space and time, we investigate the effects of seasonal variation, environmental contamination and climate change on aquatic environments. Establishment of new and powerful tools for biodiversity investigation will enable us to better understand and predict how the fragile ecosystems upon which we are dependent for natural resources respond to human activities.