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The Institute of Marine Research 

The Institute of Marine Research (Havforskningsinstituttet, IMR) is the principal governmental institution in Norway conducting research and monitoring on marine living resources, the marine environment and aquaculture. IMR is owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, and on the basis of best science provides advice to Norwegian authorities and informs industry and the general public. While international in scope and ambition, its activity is focused on the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and the Norwegian coastal zone. As participant and leader in national and international projects and scientific advisors, activities also extend into the wider Atlantic and globally. IMR operates 5 research vessels, including the RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen flying the UN flag and serving developing countries. With its staff of about 700, three major research sites and several regional laboratories, IMR is the largest marine research institution in Norway, playing an internationally leading role in several research areas.

IMR is the Coordinator of NMDC, in addition to being work package leader of WP1, 5 and 7 and contributing to WPs 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8.

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the prime institution responsible for defence-related research in Norway. 
The Establishment is the chief adviser on defence-related science and technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ military organization.

FFI delivers oceanographic data to NMDC, mainly from 5 areas along the Norwegian coast.

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

NORCE is a new and forward-looking research institute, with expertise in a wide range of fields and strong communities of knowledge. We deliver research and innovation in energy, health care, climate, the environment, society and technology. Our solutions address key challenges for society and contribute to value creation on the local, national and global levels.

Nord University

On January 1 2016, University of Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag University College and Nesna University College merge and become Nord University. The new university has 1.200 emplyees and 12.000 students at 9 study locations in Vesterålen, Bodø, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Namsos, Steinkjer, Levanger and Stjørdal.
Nord University offers studies at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. We have study locations in Central and Northern Norway, with state of the art teaching and research facilities, located in a spectacular northern setting.
Nord University delivers hydrography, plankton, benthos and some fish catch data, mainly from Nordland area to NMDC.

Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Research and Development Department

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute provides meteorological services for both military and civilian purposes in Norway. The institute was  established in 1866 and the primary mission is to help governmental  agencies, commercial companies and the general public to secure life, property and environment. To achieve this the institute utilise both traditional observations and remote sensing. Forecasts and analyses are mostly based on numerical simulations of the ocean, sea ice and atmosphere.
 Norwegian Meteorological Institute is leading work package 2 and contributes to all the orther WPs.

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

The Nansen Center is an independent non-profit research foundation affiliated with the University of Bergen, Norway. The Nansen Center conducts basic and applied environmental and climate research.
NERSC is leading WP 3 Data format and flow.

Geological survey of Norway (NGU)

NGU is the national institution for the study of bedrock, mineral resources, surficial deposits and groundwater.
NGU actively contributes to the goal of using geological knowledge towards achieving an efficient and sustainable management of Norway's natural resources and its environment. NGU's expertise has also been used in international aid projects. As a research-based government agency, NGU serves as the authority to provide information on geoscientific matters to other government agencies. 
NGU's mission is to collect, process and disseminate knowledge and information about the physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of the country's bedrock, surficial deposits, and ground water. NGU is a government agency under Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is an independent research foundation focusing on nature and the interaction nature – society. NINA was established in 1988. The headquarter is located in Trondheim with branch offices in Tromsø, Oslo and Lillehammer, in addition to a research station in Ims, Rogaland.
NINA is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research, with broad-based expertise on the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal marine environments.

NINA delivers data to NMDC, including otters in coastal areas, national sea bird map data and data from NINAs fish data base.

Norwegian Polar Institute

Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar issues, and is Norway’s competent environmental authority in Antarctica. The Norwegian Polar Institute is a directorate under the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The Ministry defines the scope and sets the tasks for Institute.

Norwegian Polar Institute is leading WP4 Data storage and implementation.

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.

There are six faculties at UiB and there are a total of 14,800 students at the university. Around 1,550 of these are international students. We employ 3,600 staff. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.

Geophysical institute is participating in NMDC.

University of Oslo

The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) combines a broad spectrum of disciplines (such as population biology, statistical and mathematical modelling and genomics) to foster the concept of ecology as a driving force of evolution via selective processes, with a corresponding influence of evolutionary changes on ecology. CEES was established as a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CoE) in 2007. It is based at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, and is chaired by Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth. The CoE funding from RCN constitutes approximately 1/10 of the total budget.
CEES consists of approximately 160 members, including Core staff, Postdocs and researchers, PhDs, research assistants, technical and administrative staff, and Masters students. In addition approximately 30 guests stay for more than one month every year. The members represent approximately 25 nationalities.
An important goal of CEES is to communicate its research and findings, as well as to increase the appreciation and understanding of science. Our aim is to reach both Norwegian and international audiences. 
CEES provide good understanding of user needs. Facilitate liaison between UiO and NMDC.

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

The University of Tromsø merged 1st August 2013 with the University College of Finnmark and became UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

UIT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Norwegian Institute for Water Research - NIVA

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is a national research institute in the field of use and protection of water bodies and water quality, in fresh and marine waters. NIVA is a foundation established in 1958 and has now an activity of 205 full time equivalents. Its board is appointed by the Ministry of the Environment (MD), the Research Council of Norway and the employees at NIVA. The head office is in Oslo is location for the laboratories for chemical, eco-toxicological and biological analysis. Regional offices are located in Bergen, Hamar and Grimstad and a marine research station for large scale experiments is located near Drøbak in the Oslofjord (NIVA Research Facility Solbergstrand). The main objective is to serve the authorities, the private sector and the public, both national and international, towards the common goal of an improved aquatic environment through a sound water management.

NIVA is lead for the workpackage on dissemination (WP 8) in the development of NMDC. NIVA will be a node in the distributed NMDC datacenter and will manage the data repository for NIVA and Akvaplan-Niva. NIVA will in make available a number of datasets of common interests based on its long standing in monitoring and research in marine waters.


Akvaplan-niva AS is a research-based company and is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

Akvaplan-niva has a multidisciplinary and international staff, including 50 environmental and aquaculture specialists and a number of Ph.D students.
Akvaplan-niva provides expert knowledge and advice on the environment and on aquaculture. 
Our mission is to integrate research, decision support and technical innovation to secure economic value and safe environmental operations for businesses, authorities, and other clients worldwide. Our core activities include: Research & Development, Expert advice and decision support, Technology & Innovation.
Our service portfolio includes environmental monitoring surveys, impact and risk assessments, emergency preparedness, decision support services, Arctic environmental research, aquaculture design and management, R&D on new aquaculture species, and a number of accredited environmental, technical, and analytical services. 

Norwegian biodiversity information centre

The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) was established by a parliamentary resolution and became operational in 2005. The goal of NBIC is to serve as a national source of information on species and ecosystems in Norway, and to make up-to-date information on biodiversity widely available and easily accessible to the society. NBIC focuses on knowledge, both by increasing the level of knowledge, and making it available. Our role as a National source for biodiversity knowledge requires a comprehensive interaction with the scientific community, and close cooperation with policymakers, managers and other data users. Information and data on biodiversity are found in natural history museums, research institutions, environmental agencies and NGO’s run by professional and amateur biologists. NBIC works with all these groups to collate and disseminate this material so that it can become available to everyone.