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    SALT has carried out a wide variety of projects tied to the sea and coast. The size and format of end products vary by project, but all are knowledge based and visually appealing. SALT´s goal is to always deliver according to the motto «academically strong – vibrant delivery», regardless whether we are delivering within research, consultancy or outreach. Client feedback testifies that SALT delivers according to promise.

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    Marine Debris Action Planner (MAP)

    Marine Debris Action Planner (MAP)

    Effective site selection is a key component of maximizing litter removal during coastal clean-up actions, particularly along complex and remote coastlines, such as we have in the Arctic. SALT is therefore developing a GIS-based predictive model to identify marine litter hotspots in collaboration with GRID-Arendal; mostly in Lofoten, but we are also working to generalize the model nationally and internationally.

    The model is based on identifying the characteristics of the coastline affecting the potential for litter accumulation. Work with beach gradient, for example, has revealed a clear threshold value where high densities of litter are extremely unlikely along shores steeper than approximately 20 degrees. Other factors being investigated include coastline shape, fetch and orientation of the coastline relative to prevailing winds, and substrate. In addition, we are also investigating correlations between litter densities and proximity to local sources of litter, such as population density in the surrounding area, distance to nearest road, river and port, and the amount of nearby fishing activity.

    The model is quantitative in nature, and based on rigorous field work, followed by independent validation in the field. Consequently, the model stands apart from most other beach litter hotspots modeling efforts as being underpinned by actual registrations of beach litter.

    A preliminary study was completed in Lofoten in 2017. Extensive field work has been carried out in 2018, and a completed model for Lofoten and Vesterålen will be ready in the first half of 2019. Field work and further model development nationally will also be carried out in Finnmark and an area in southern Norway in 2019. International model development and testing will take place in 2020.

     
    LoVe MarinEco

    LoVe MarinEco

    SALT is responsible for the public outreach of an ongoing research programme aiming to provide new knowledge on marine ecosystems outside of the islands Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja.

     
    Emerging Leaders

    Emerging Leaders

    Future activities and operations in the Arctic call for a broad understanding of the opportunities and challenges to ensure sustainable development. Emerging Leaders calls for young professionals and Ph.D. students/post docs to meet with representatives from academia, business and the public sector through an inspiring and educational program.

    Emerging Leaders is a side event of the international Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, every year in January. 30 selected candidates from different countries participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express “Hurtigruten” and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. To explore the marine resources and potential in the Lofoten Islands, a stopover will be made in Svolvær.  The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program.

    In a world of increasing turmoil, the Arctic is still a place for collaboration and peaceful communication. In order to maintain peaceful relations across borders in the north, the encompassing science collaboration has been particularly important. The vast ocean that represents the bulk of the arctic area carries large potential, but also great threats. As increasingly larger parts of it will be utilized, how do we secure productive and healthy oceans? Sustainable development of the ocean is of particular importance in this matter. Sustainable business development is also key in securing resilient arctic societies. Connecting these societies together and closer to the rest of the world, while bringing ideas, knowledge, technology and capital together, are overarching topics during the exciting week of Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders.

    The Emerging Leaders’ program is linked to the annual topic of Arctic Frontiers and includes the following sessions:
    Session 1        Politics and Security in the High North
    Session 2        Technology Development and Arctic Business
    Session 3        Annual Arctic Frontiers topic
    Session 4        Workshop; preparing for presentation at Arctic Frontiers

     
    Blue Charge

    Blue Charge

    BLUE Charge is a long standing and active outreach project at SALT. It was originally developed, in collaboration with Western Lofoten Secondary School, to educate future fishers and crew in vocational school on a range of topics concerning marine litter and plastics. It started out as a 3-5 day-long dynamic educational program, consisting of seven topics and practical assignments, one of which being a beach cleaning day. This has been successfully implemented at three secondary schools in northern Norway, with plans of expansion.

    Eventually, for a heavier punch, the project aimed to reach beyond schools; to individuals already active within the sectors. An hour-long marine litter education module, to be included in the mandatory STCW safety training for fishermen, was developed. Given all individuals working at sea are required by the STCW convention to complete safety training, along with refreshers every 5-8 years, knowledge of the impacts of marine plastics are sure to reach far and wide. This module is tested and implemented in Lofoten starting during the winter 2018.

    Future steps in this project include translation and implementation of the shorter module into STCW safety training at the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland.

    Through the project HAVPLAST, we are also developing video material and creating an online portal to make the whole course available to schools and individuals across the country.

     
    Marine Youth Outreach

    Marine Youth Outreach

    An outreach project targeting pupils in secondary school in order to build a stronger coastal identity and pride within youth living in coastal societies in northern Norway. SALT, photographer Arthur Arnesen, electronica artist Benjamin Mørk and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association travel three weeks a year to the northernmost regions to spend a whole day with the local youth. Together, we explore the value of the surrounding marine resources and the educational opportunities connected to them and for the future of the coast. We aim to increase awareness towards the possibilities northern Norway can offer, and motivate them to get the knowledge needed to participate in the region’s development.

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