Geochemistry and hydrogeology
Our team conducts general regional mapping, mineral resource exploration and monitors the environment to identify possible sources of contamination and pollution. We design and conduct studies on various chemical elements (biological: macro-and micronutrients and trace; geological: the main elements and trace elements) and organic contaminants, such as PAH, PCB, TBT, and dioxins. Sample media includes bedrock, moraine, humus, flood sediments, stream sediments, soils, surface water, vegetation, rain, dust, urban soil, daycare playground soil, road surface, land fill and marine sediments.
We gather and distribute knowledge and data on groundwater in Norway, in order to increase its use. The team conducts applied research, field work, modelling and method development with the goal of securing the fresh water wells, making decisions on restriction areas, and the preservation of heritage. We map groundwater resources in Norway in order to meet society's need for access to primary data, a goal that has been set forth by the EU Water Framework Directive. The groundwater team at NGU manages and disseminate knowledge and data about the wells in Norway, water quality and groundwater resources through its well database, GRANADA (national database for ground water) and web portal grunnvann.no.