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This is a short presentation of some of NILU’s projects. Click on the project to see more information.

Identification of chemical and biological determinants, their sources, and strategies to promote healthier homes in Europe (INQUIRE)

Enabling homes to realise zero pollution holds multiple health benefits for all Europeans – especially our children. This is the goal of the EU-funded INQUIRE project. It will provide the knowledge, […]

Project period: 2022 – 2027

Ongoing

Efficient Recycling of E-Waste through Automated and Intelligent Resource Dataflow (REWARD)

The rapid technological advances with increasing application of ICT have accelerated the generation of electronic waste (e-waste). In addition, the green transition objectives under the European Green Deal advocates the […]

Project period: 2023 – 2027

Ongoing

Norwegian initiative for EarthCARE Validation of Aerosol uncertainties and Radiation products in the Arctic (NEVAR)

The “Norwegian initiative for EarthCARE Validation of Aerosol uncertainties and Radiation products in the Arctic” (NEVAR) project aims at supporting the geophysical validation of the EarthCARE data products. The EarthCARE (Earth Clouds Aerosols and […]

Project period: 2022 – 2027

Ongoing

Copernicus Climate Change Service Evolution

The CERISE project kicked-off January 1 2023. It aims to enhance the quality of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) reanalysis and seasonal forecast portfolio, with a focus on land-atmosphere coupling. It […]

Project period: 2023 – 2027

Ongoing

Plastic pollution; global sources causing consequences for the Arctic, Towards international state-of-the-art understanding and education (PlastPoll2021)

Being a fast developing field of research of increasing complexity, education and training on the impact and fate of MP pollution is lacking behind both in teaching state-of-the art research […]

Project period: 2021 – 2026

Ongoing

Airborne Microplastic Detection, Origin, Transport and Global Radiative Impact (MAGIC)

The project with the short name "MAGIC" will incorporate advances in atmospheric sampling (e.g., from Global Atmosphere Watch stations, GAW) and detection of microplastics (e.g. long timeseries of measurements) into atmospheric dispersion and inverse […]

Project period: 2023 – 2026

Ongoing

Circular Economy Resource Information System (CE-RISE)

The rising demand and limited supply of critical raw materials (CRMs) impair the ability to rapidly adopt technological change toward green and sustainable technologies, which directly affect the resilience of […]

Project period: 2023 – 2026

Ongoing

Global snow depths from spaceborne remote sensing for permafrost, high-elevation precipitation, and climate reanalyses (SNOWDEPTH)

The SNOWDEPTH project will, as the first in the world, directly measure snow depths globally at high spatial resolution from freely available ICESat-2 NASA spaceborne laser altimetry data available since autumn […]

Project period: 2021 – 2026

Ongoing

Autonomous Multi-Format In-Situ Observation Platform for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Methane Monitoring in Permafrost & Wetlands (MISO)

Climate warming is driven by increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) e.g., CO2 and CH4, in the atmosphere. Existing observatories are able to capture GHG information for large-scale global assessments, […]

Project period: 2023 – 2026

Ongoing

Low Latency Air Quality Management (AirQMAN)

Existing air quality (AQ) monitoring and management (AQMS) methods and evolving modelling practices across Norwegian and European cities have achieved significant improvements of AQ but further progress is needed due […]

Project period: 2021 – 2025

Ongoing

REliable Global Methane Emissions estimates in a changing world (REGAME)

In REGAME we will update chemistry transport models (FLEXPART, OsloCTM) to include the kinetic isotope effect (KIE) of methane (CH4), enabling better constraints on the CH4 budget (KIE is dependent […]

Project period: 2021 – 2025

Ongoing

Climate response to a Bluer Arctic with increased newly-formed winter Sea ICe (BASIC)

The scientific community still has no consensus on if and how Arctic warming and sea ice loss can influence weather and climate in the Northern Hemisphere. The BASIC project sets […]

Project period: 2021 – 2025

Ongoing

F.A.I.R. information cube (FAIRiCUBE)

The core objective of FAIRiCUBE is to enable players from beyond classic Earth Observation (EO) domains to provide, access, process, and share gridded data and algorithms in a FAIR and […]

Project period: 2022 – 2025

Ongoing

Improved energy efficiency of school buildings in Zulawy Wislane (Green Żuławy)

Climate change is manifested through rising sea levels, heat waves, forest fires, droughts, floods and increasing temperatures. They all affect ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as economic growth, infrastructure, and […]

Project period: 2022 – 2024

Ongoing

Integrated Risk Assessment Framework for Evaluating the Combined Impacts of Multiple Pressures on Arctic Ecosystems (COPE)

The primary objective of this proposal is to develop, explore, and evaluate a novel integrated risk assessment framework for assessing combined impacts of multiple pressures on the state of Arctic […]

Project period: 2019 – 2024

Ongoing

Suburban dream vs. climate-friendly transport? Environmental sustainability of urban sprawl development of Polish cities

Socio-economic growth has led to rapid urban development in Polish cities, and major and recurrent challenges have arisen linked to uncontrollable urban sprawl development (e.g., transport congestion, high traffic emissions). […]

Project period: 2023 – 2024

Ongoing

Engaging citizens in food diversity in cities (SmartFood)

“Grow your own food in the corridor of your building, reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emission, the waste of food and energy and transportation costs! Improve your physical health by changing […]

Project period: 2021 – 2024

Ongoing

Schools of a good climate – construction of educational green zones in primary schools no. 1 and no. 4 in Kozienice to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects (GreenZone)

The GeenZone project aims to i) strengthen the resilience in the schools to the negative effects of climate change; ii) raise students and teachers' awareness of climate change; and iii) […]

Project period: 2021 – 2023

Ongoing

Development of Environmental performance and Climate Impact indicators for the Assessment of Sustainability (DECIAS)

The DECIAS project is aimed at developing a modelling toolbox for environmental sustainability assessment based upon Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), dynamic Material Flow Analysis (MFA), and multiregional Input Output Analysis […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Plastic cycle – Optimizing resource efficiency while minimizing recycling of hazardous chemicals in a circular economy (PLASTCYCLE)

PLASTCYCLE will provide a comprehensive overview of fate of different plastic types and additive chemicals in the waste stream. We will also provide solutions for optimizing plastic waste management by coupling scientific findings with information and knowledge of industrial partners, municipalities and waste management companies across Norway.

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Highly Accurate and Autonomous Programmable Platform for Providing Air Pollution Data Services to Drivers and the Public (HAPADS)

HAPADS is an ambitious project that will custom design and build a novel air mobile monitoring system (devices, data acquisition, analysis, and user interface), which will enable end-users (drivers, transport […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Analysis techniques for quantifying nano-and microplastic particles and their degradation in the marine environment (ANDROMEDA)

In ANDROMEDA, a combination of advanced techniques, such as µFTIR, Raman and SEM-EDX, should be optimized and used for characterization and quantification of microplastics and nanoplastics in the order of 1 µm, 0.2 µm and less. Particular focus will be given to types of MP that are challenging to detect, such as microfibers, paint flakes and tire wear particles.

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Fluxes and fate of microplastics in Northern European waters (FACTS)

The project FACTS will create new knowledge and improve our understanding on the sources, transport, occurrence, and fate of small microplastics (MP) in the northern marine waters. FACTS will combine newest methods to describe transport and geographical sources of microplastics contamination. We will also investigate where microplastic particles will end up both in temperate waters of the southern North Sea and the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea.

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Intelligent remediation system for removal of harmful contaminants in water using modified reticulated vitreous carbon foams (i-CLARE)

The goal of i-CLARE is to design and produce the electrochemical water treatment system, with implemented artificial intelligence procedures dedicated to identifying and learn the most efficient operating parameters to […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

SO2 measurement in the surroundings of Elkem Carbon and REC Solar (SO2 Fiskå)

Measuring of SO2 in the residential areas around the companies Elkem Carbon and REC Solar at Fiskå / Kristiansand. SO2 is measured in the residential areas around the companies Elkem […]

Project period: 2019 – 2023

Ongoing

Cross-cutting topics on urban sustainable development and SDGs (Urban SDGs)

This SIS-project is designed in a close collaboration between NILU and NIVA with an overall objective to develop a methodological framework which can help with structure thinking and provide a […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution (EUROqCHARM)

Plastic pollution has become a global environmental and societal concern in recent years. Numerous protocols have been developed to monitor plastic debris, but these are rarely comparable. This has hindered […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

Diffuse emissions of dust from LKAB Narvik

NILU has, on behalf of LKAB Norge AS, carried out emission and dispersion calculations for combined emissions from point sources and diffuse sources from the facility in Narvik. The purpose […]

Project period: 2023 – 2023

Concluded

Science-based risk governance of nanotechnology (RiskGone)

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are covered by REACH/CLP regulations; the general opinion is that the risk assessment (RA) approach routinely used for conventional chemicals is also applicable to ENMs. However, as […]

Project period: 2019 – 2023

Ongoing

Nordic participatory, healthy and people-centred cities (nordicPATH)

NordicPATH’s overall objective is to establish a new model for citizens’ participation and collaborative planning in Nordic countries to create healthy and people-centred cities. The project is tackling complex environmental […]

Project period: 2020 – 2023

Ongoing

PEER Research on Sustainable Development Goals: Tackling and Managing Risks with SDGs (PEER-TRISD)

The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) as a network excels in the research on the biophysical and socio-ecological impacts linked to the implementation of the SDGs and the associated […]

Project period: 2020 – 2022

Ongoing

CeO2 Nanoparticles-assisted stem-based cell therapy: an innovative nanopharmaceutical approach to treat retinal degenerative diseases

The main aim of CELLUX is to develop a novel pharmaceutical based on CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) eye drops to treat Age Macular Degeneration (AMD) that in combination with stem cell-based […]

Project period: 2020 – 2022

Ongoing

Strategies to strengthen scientific excellence and innoVation capacIty for early diagnoSIs of gastrOintestinal caNcers

Slovakia belongs to countries with the highest incidence of colorectal and pancreatic cancer in Europe. Therefore, the main goal of the VISION proposal is to strengthen the scientific excellence and […]

Project period: 2019 – 2022

Ongoing

Glutamate Oxaloacetate Transaminase Nanoparticles targeted to the Brain for Neuroprotection in Ischemic Stroke (GOTTARG)

The project will develop and test the first targeted and long-acting nanomedicine with neuroprotective properties for ischemic stroke, with potential application in other neurological diseases. The Team will demonstrate that […]

Project period: 2020 – 2022

Ongoing

Quantification of Global Ammonia Sources constrained by a Bayesian Inversion Technique (COMBAT)

Nitrogen is a basic component of life and it is present both in proteins and DNA. Its basic chemical form in nature is the non-reactive gaseous N2. However, in the […]

Project period: 2018 – 2022

Ongoing

Knowledge support for the European Climate and Health Observatory: infectious diseases and ground-level ozone (ClimaObs)

The European Climate and Health Observatory (Observatory) is developed in a partnership of several European institutions and organizations. EEA maintains the Observatory, which is hosted on the European climate adaptation […]

Project period: 2022 – 2022

Ongoing

Air quality assessment in the surroundings of aluminium smelters (ESPIAL)

The effect of aluminium production on the environment surrounding aluminium smelters has been studied over several decades. NILU has studied their effects on air quality both in measurements and modelling […]

Project period: 2019 – 2022

Concluded

Air pollution & distribution of related health impact and welfare in Nordic Countries (NordicWelfAir)

Air pollution has serious impacts on human health, wellbeing and welfare. The main challenge is to understand how to regulate air pollution in an optimal way both on global and […]

Project period: 2015 – 2022

Concluded

Towards a reliable assessment of nanomaterial health effects using advanced biological models and assays (NanoBioReal)

A sound scientific basis is needed to assess the risks to workers and consumers, to inform regulatory bodies and to ensure a responsible development of nanotechnology. Most of the existing […]

Project period: 2019 – 2022

Ongoing

Development of a pollen information service based on data from Sentinel satellite plattforms– Phase 2 (SEN4POL-2)

The project is a continuation of the first phase of the SEN4POL project and will evaluate the potential of using satellite data for mapping and predicting birch pollen in Norway. […]

Project period: 2020 – 2022

Ongoing

Participatory science toolkit against pollution (ACTION)

ACTION will transform the way we do citizen science (CS) today: from a mostly scientist-led process to a more participatory, inclusive, citizen-led one, which acknowledges the diversity of the CS […]

Project period: 2019 – 2022

Concluded

Method development for estimating emissions from construction sites (MD EmSite)

The overall aim of our study is to develop a concept model to estimate emissions (the following components are included:  CO2, BC, CH4, NH3, NMVOC, PM10, PM2.5 and NOx) from […]

Project period: 2020 – 2021

Concluded

Innovativ administration of air and environment in Norwegian municipalities (iFLINK)

The iFLINK project shall facilitate for monitoring AQ at many different places at low costs. Scientists working in the project will develop and use new calibration and visualization methods based […]

Project period: 2019 – 2021

Concluded

Intelligent Environmental Reporters (INTER)

The main objective of the INTER project is to develop Intelligent Environmental Reporters- green nanoparticles that can be used to measure residual oil directly in an environmentally friendly manner. To […]

Project period: 2016 – 2021

Ongoing

CitySatAir

More than half of the world’s population is living in cities. According to the WHO air quality database, 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are […]

Project period: 2020 – 2021

Concluded

Plastic pollution; a global challenge towards harmonised understanding, education and methodology in Europe, USA and China (PlastPoll)

Being a fast developing field of research of increasing complexity, education on the impact and fate of MP pollution is lacking behind both in teaching, state-of-the art research as well […]

Project period: 2018 – 2021

Concluded

Model Advancements for high Spatial and TEmporal Resolution simulations of environmental toxics (SIS MASTER)

The main goal of the project is to modify and enhance NILUs existing atmospheric models to allow for improved simulation of traditional air pollutants (e.g., NO2, PM2.5, PM10) at very […]

Project period: 2018 – 2021

Concluded

Dispersion modeling of air pollution from Årdal Metallverk

NILU has studied the effect of aluminum production on the environment around Norwegian aluminum smelters by doing calculations and measurements since the early 1970s. In this project, surface concentrations have […]

Project period: 2021 – 2021

Concluded

Air quality profiling using low-cost gas and particle sensors (Airify)

Airify is an industrial innovation project where NILU will contribute to evaluate the performance of novel low-cost sensor systems developed by LASTING Software. During the project we will test Airify […]

Project period: 2020 – 2021

Concluded

Climate gas emissions from tourist mobility in Norway (co2rism)

This is a project for Innovation Norway to estimate the CO2 emissions of transport from the movement of tourists to, in and from Norway. Emissions are calculated from detailed input […]

Project period: 2019 – 2021

Concluded