Photo: Svein-Håkon Lorentsen / NINA


NINA's seabird research ranges from studies of individuals to research on seabird populations in coastal and open sea areas. It spans the length of the country, with studies of seabirds in Lista in the south all the way to Spitsbergen in the north.

Our work covers the entire spectrum, from long-term monitoring and mapping to impact assessments. Our focus areas in recent years have been to understand which factors regulate population sizes, which factors regulate habitat selection and distribution throughout the year for selected seabird species, and how predation affects Norway’s seabird populations.

We also have projects on bycatch of seabirds in fisheries, and how plastic in the sea affects the country’s seabirds. Norway’s coastal areas are home to approximately 2 million pairs of seabirds. Many of these seabird species are Red Listed, and NINA's research helps Norway’s environmental authorities manage them.



Long-term monitoring and mapping programme for Norwegian seabirds


Mapping non-breeding distribution of seabirds in the North-Atlantic


Norwegian Infrastructure for Drone-based Research, Mapping and Monitoring in the Coastal Zone


Marine spatial planning and cumulative impacts of blue growth on seabirds


NINA Trondheim: 
Svein-Håkon Lorentsen (Research Director)
Tycho Anker-Nilssen (Senior Research Scientist)

NINA Bergen:
Geir Helge Systad(Senior Research Scientist)

NINA Oslo: 
Sveinn Are Hanssen (Senior Research Scientist)

NINA Tromsø:
Per Fauchald (Senior Research Scientist)
Tone Reiertsen (Researcher)

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

NINA is an independent foundation for nature research and research on the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity.
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