Humans have interacted with the Norwegian landscape since the end of the last ice age. The first humans followed the retreating ice margin and settled according to the conditions of the land but simultaneously initiated the exploitation of the landscape as a natural resource.
Humans adapts to the landscape. From Finse, Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Photo: Nancy Bundt/Edelpix.com
The balance between dependency on and influence on the landscape is still reflected in the modern society and in NGU's activities.
Most of the information and products we provide at NGU are based on knowledge about the distribution and characteristics of bedrock and sedimentary landforms and the application of these resources to society.
We also study modern surface processes and provide information on the implications on landscape changes for people and communities.
We do research on how early humans adapted to landscape and climate change, map traces of historical industrial activity and exploitation of natural resources and study the development of the landscape through time.
Published: 28. January 2008