NIVA Research Station

(short name)

NIVA Research Station

(short name)

NIVA Research Station


The Drøbak Sound in Oslo Fjord, North Sea


59.61589°N – 10.651023°E

Bottom depth

Legal name of organisation

Norwegian Institute For Water Research (NIVA)




Kai Sørensen

Norwegian Institute For Water Research
Gaustadalleen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22185100, Mobile +47 90732129
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The Research Station at Solbergstrand performs large-scale experiments in marine ecology, sediment research, biogeochemistry, aquaculture and test technology for treating ballast water. The station has fiberglass and concrete seawater pools with volumes ranging from 20 to 550 m³. A number of smaller testing facilities on land and the seabed outside the station have been built to manipulate and control marine ecosystems. The station has 10 laboratories for experimentation and analysis activities, among them an authorized infection lab for fish and a special lab for working with radioactive tracers. Facilities at Solbergstrand covers e.g. hard-bottom and soft-bottom mesocosoms, brackish water systems, seaweed and kelp communities, pelagic communities from the upper water depths and continuous water supply from surface and 60 meter with measurements on temperature and salinity. For surface water additional sensor for Chl-a fluorescence are installed and for 60 m pH and pCO2. Other sensor combinations are available for experiments on request.

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Instrument Measured Parameter(s) Depth of measurement Sampling Frequency of data recovery
Water sampler Water samples 1 and/or 60 m On demand  
pCO2-sensor pCO2 1 and/or 60 m 1 minute Daily
pH-sensor pH 1 and/or 60 m 5 minutes Daily
Particles Turbidity 1 m 1 minute Daily
Chl-a sensor Chl-a fluorescence 1 m 1 minute Daily
Thermosalinograph Temperature and salinity 1 and 60 m 1 minute Daily

  • Remote: the measuring system is implemented by the operator of the installation and the presence of the user group is not required,
  • In person/hands-on: the presence of the user group is required/recommended during the whole operation period.

Unit of access (UA): week

Access duration corresponds to the period of installing, operating and un-installing a measuring system by the users (in person/hands-on access) or in his/her behalf by the access provider (remote access).

Applications are solicited for using the research station in combination with one or all the other installations open to the TNA program, both by NIVA and other partners.

TNA projects supported by JERICO-NEXT:

Visiting researcher will be given access to the laboratory facilities, experimental areas for doing tests with seawater supply from surface or deep water, access to sensor data already at the station (online temperature, salinity, pH and pCO2), access to their own test data, workshops and meeting rooms with videoconference possibilities.

They will have internet access and access to data by remote systems. They will be lodged in nearby cabins or hotels in the village Drøbak. NIVA staff will support them in the planning and implementation of experiments and sensors for intercalibrations. Special equipment and operator for high precision analysis of the marine carbonate systems (VINDTA) will be made available for campaign and intercalibration studies of carbon system sensors. Contact NIVA if other sensor data are needed.

NRS security rules must be followed.