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.
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).
Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA)
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)
No, only data on concentrations.