With outlook onto stockfish and salmon. With insight into coastal value creation.

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.

Reference projects
Havet e mor di – A Crash Course in the meaning of the Coast

Havet e mor di – A Crash Course in the meaning of the Coast

SALT is responsible for planning and executing the conference «Havet e mor di» in July,

We invite the next generation of decision makers to make sure that the future decisions are based on a solid knowledge about the coasts possibilities and challenges.

Sponsors: The County of Nordland, Norsk Olje og gass, Bodøregionens utviklingsselskap, Træna municipality and Maritimt Forum.

MALINOR – Mapping marine litter in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic Seas

MALINOR – Mapping marine litter in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic Seas

While plastic appeared to be a great invention as described by the french philosopher Roland Barthes in Mythologies (1957) who used the term “a plasticized world” for the benefit of all, today the enthusiasm for plastic would certainly not be the same. 8.3 Billion tons of plastic have been produced between 1950 to 2015 of which some ends up in the sea generating the so-called “marine litter” which poorly degrades, accumulates on the sea floor and on the shoreline causing major visual impact but also severe harm to marine life throughout the ecological chain. Marine litter is also present and increasing in the Arctic. While some mapping and characterization has been done, major gaps of knowledge to understand where the litter is distributed throughout the Norwegian, Barents, Kara Seas and the high Arctic and what it’s characteristics and sources are, remain unexplored.

In this project, the main objective is to map areas of marine litter and describe its characteristics in the Arctic in collaboration with Russian institutions with a multi-disciplinary approach. We will extract data from the scientific & grey literature on the distribution of litter in the Norwegian Russian Arctic, identify ongoing activities on this topic both in Norway and Russia, build up a joint Norwegian Russian database, perform mapping using multidisciplinary approaches (robotics, digital solutions, GIS, satellite pictures), Collect offshore data using research cruises of opportunity, develop a predictive tool for litter distribution, and importantly, disseminate the findings to the students, public and policy makers both nationally in Norway and Russia and also internationally (EU, UNEP, Arctic Council). Through such a project, we believe that thorough science, along with professional communication to kids, education of students and delivering high quality information to policy makers, the enthusiasm for plastic may rise again!



SALT is responsible for the popular scientific dissemination of the project «Fate of cold-water coral reefs – identifying drivers of ecosystem change». The project aim to understand the natural fluctuations in physical, chemical and biological processes in cold-water coral reefs and the ecosystems attached to them. The project will also study how these ecosystems can be influenced by climate change and ocean acidification.

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.

Current projects

Completed 2018

Completed 2017

Completed 2016

Completed 2015

Completed 2014

Completed 2013

Completed 2012