Riverine inputs and direct discharges to Norwegian coastal waters (RID) (RID)

Updated 2012-07-26

The main objective of the RID monitoring programme is to monitor and assess the riverine and direct inputs of selected pollutants to the Norwegian part of OSPAR’s Maritime Area. The entire study area (i.e. main Norwegian land area) is divided into the following four coastal areas/sub-regions: Skagerak, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Barents Sea. The monitoring in rivers is carried out in 10 so-called ‘main rivers’ with monthly sampling; and 36 so-called ‘tributary rivers’ with sampling 4 times a year. The catchment areas of these 46 rivers constitute about 50% of the Norwegian area draining to the Convention waters. The inputs from the remaining areas are estimatedby the Teotil model. This includes direct discharges from wastewater treatment plants, industry and fish farming.

Time frame

Project time span
1990 -
Data collection
1990 -
Data processing
1990 -
Data reporting
1990 -

Contact information

Contact person
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At Norwegian Protection Control Authority (NPCA): Ola Glesne (ola.glesne@sft.no). The programme is operated by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) on behalf of NPCA. Contact person (e-mail): Øyvind Kaste (oka@niva.no)
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Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Norway, continental

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

 Six fractions of nutrients (total phosphorus, orthophosphates, total nitrogen, ammonium, nitrate + nitrite and silicate)  Eight heavy metals (copper, zinc, cadmium, lead, chromium, nickel, mercury and arsenic)  One pesticide (lindane)  Seven PCB compounds (CB28, CB52, CB101, CB118, CB138, CB153, CB180)  Four general parameters; suspended particulate matter (S.P.M.), pH, conductivity and total organic carbon (TOC).

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NIVA is directly involved in sampling, analyses and reporting Networks: Oslo and Paris Conventions for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR), EU Water framework directive (EU Water directive)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

No, only data on concentrations.

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