Norwegian Institute for Air Research
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (Norwegian: Norsk Institutt for luftforskning) or NILU is one of the leading specialized scientific laboratories in Europe researching issues related to air pollution, climate change and health. NILU has a staff of scientists, engineers and technicians with specialized expertise for working on air pollution problems. The staff do more than two hundred projects annually for research councils, industries, international banks and local, national and international authorities and organizations. Its director since 2009 is Kari Nygaard.
Fields of work
NILU was founded in 1969 and the institute conducts environmental research with emphasis on the sources of air pollution and on air pollution dispersion, transport, transformation and deposition. It is also involved in the assessment of the effects of pollution on ecosystems, human health and materials. Integrated environmental assessments and optimal abatement strategy planning has been a field of priority during the last few years. Assessment of transboundary transport of air pollutants, acid rain and global air quality are important tasks.
NILU has the responsibility as a national research institution for air pollution in Norway and is also being used as an international air pollution expert by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization.
NILU has developed an automatic surveillance program for air quality in cities and background areas. NILU have specialized in computerized automatic air pollution surveillance, planning and optimal abatement strategy planning. This AirQUIS system is an air pollution management and planning system designed for managers and decision-makers.
Companies and Locations
NILU's head office is at Kjeller on the outskirt of Oslo in Norway. A specialised office for Arctic related matters is an integrated part of The Fram Centre (FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment) in Tromsø. NILU also own NILU Polska, an office in Katowice, Poland, working within areas of air quality monitoring, biomass, waste management and emission reduction; and uMoya NILU, an Air Quality Consulting company in Durban, South Africa. Innovation nilu is a holding company for NILU's various commercial interests and subsidiaries, such as Portseye (air quality and climate monitoring within maritime and industrial sector).
- Atmospheric dispersion modeling
- List of atmospheric dispersion models
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