List of experts for journalists – Industry and Environment

Environmental Impacts of Industrial Development in the North

Consequences for organisms and ecosystems:

  • Anita Evenset, Manager Arctic Research and Development, Akvaplan-niva


TEL: +47 990 01 591

Effects of industrial activity on ecosystem services:

  • Per Fauchald, Senior Researcher, NINA – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research


TEL: +47 452 76 808

Petroleum activity and impacts on ecosystems:

  • Lionel Camus, Senior Researcher/Coordinator, Petroleum & Environment


TEL: +47 959 43 255


TEL: +47 954 70 110

Industrial development in the north and radioactive hazards for ecosystems:

  • Louise Kiel Jensen, Researcher, Norwegian Radioactive Protection Authority


TEL: +47 473 11 062

Hazardous substances released by the industry and effects on the environment, human health and ecosystems:

  • Eldbjørg S. Heimstad, NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research


TEL: +47 977 50 564

Macro and micro plastic in the Arctic Environment:


TEL: +47 77 75 03 47

Ocean acidification

  • Melissa Chierici, Senior Researcher, Institute for Marine Research


TEL: +47 900 54 479

About the Fram Centre

The Fram Centre is based in Tromsø, and consists of scientists from 20 institutions involved in interdisciplinary research and outreach in the fields of natural science, technology and social sciences.

We contribute to Norway’s sound management of the environment and natural resources in the north – and we aim at excellence in said management. With scientific research as our foundation, we communicate knowledge to management authorities, the business communities and the general public.

The centre contributes to strengthening the connection between research and education. The Fram Centre is an important arena nationally as well as internationally, and contributes with inputs on climate-related issues.

Our research:

Flagship research programmes (Click in titles for projects in 2015)


Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and agreements

Melting of sea ice in the Arctic greatly impacts the global climate. This flagship focuses on social and management challenges to fisheries, shipping and petroleum-related activities. New challenges and technological solutions pertaining to rescue and oil spill response are addressed.

Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north

Research in this programme address the multiple ways climate change impacts the physical conditions of fjords and coasts and how, in turn, habitats and food supply are affected.

Ocean acidification and ecosystems effects in Northern waters

This flagship programme contributes to a more complete understanding of ocean acidification. This process will affect the productivity of ecosystems, impacting ecosystem-based management and the exploitation of commercial resources, especially in the cold waters of the North, where the uptake of CO2 is substantial.

Effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, landscapes, society and indigenous peoples

Changes in Northern terrestrial ecosystems are highly relevant to society, in particular for agriculture, forestry, reindeer herding and nature-based industries, species and area conservation, tourism and recreation. Issues related to climate adaptation in the North, as well the significance of climate change for Sámi culture and settlement are included this flagship.

Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health

Climate change reinforces the importance of filling the gaps in our understanding of the distribution of pollutants in the Arctic and their effects on ecosystems and human health. This flagship programme also addresses the need for this knowledge to be incorporated in international agreements and processes.

Environmental impact of industrial development in the north (MIKON)

MIKON’s objective is to do research that will strengthen the knowledge base used by the authorities in efforts to limit the “footprint” of industrial activity in the High North, and ensure that new industrial activity takes place within a responsible environmental framework. The research within the MIKON programme will take into consideration both existing business activities and visions/expectations of future developments.

For further information about the flagships:

Jo Jorem Aarseth

Research Coordinator

Epost (email)

Telefon: +47 777 50 204

Mobil: +47 918 09 344

For further information about outreach and media contact: 

Helge Markusson

Outreach Coordinator – Media Contact.

Epost (email)

Telefon: 77 75 02 06

Mobil: +47 480 91 373