The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), lead the project in collaboration with
- The Norwegian Institute for Water Research, (NIVA),
- The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, (NMBU),
- The Colorado School of Mines, (CSM),
- The department for Environment & Health, Vrije University Amsterdam, (E&H),
- The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, (NTNU).
NGI is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in the area of risk assessment, remediation technology, contaminant site and waste characterization, skills that are used in current PFASs projects. NGI is currently working with Avinor at Oslo airport to suggest remediation strategies for the firefighting training facility.
NGI is very well placed to use this as a case study site. In addition NGI is member of the Army Construction Service (Forsvarsbygg) expert group on PFASs evaluating site assessment data and exploring remedial measures at several military airfields throughout Norway.
NIVA is the leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwater in Norway, with research comprising a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA has studied the occurrence and effect of various PFASs in water, sediments, and biota in both national and international projects.
E&H has ample experience with in vitro bioassay measurements of pure compounds (including PFAS) and complex environmental mixtures present in water, sediment, biota, and passive samplers.
NMBU is well versed in the analytical techniques used to detect PFAS in various environmental compartments.
CSM has been actively looking at the fate, transport, and bioaccumulation of PFASs in the environment, and has a number of ongoing projects examining PFASs fate, transport, and remediation at U.S. Department of Defence sites that have been impacted by AFFF.
NTNU has extensive experience on effects of environmental pollutants on biota. Research activities involve laboratory- and fieldwork, with a special focus on the Norwegian and Svalbard environment. A comparative approach on environmental toxicology provides knowledge on vulnerable species, and effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Project management, organisation and cooperation
Our interdisciplinary team has vast experience with the fate and transport of pollutants in various environmental compartments.
Dr Sarah Hale, NGI
was the project leader and has a background in environmental chemistry specifically within soil remediation, passive sampling of pollutants and the fate of persistent, mobile and toxic substances in the environment. She is currently leading the European Commission funded H2020 project ZeroPM: Zero pollution of persistent. Mobile substances. www.zeropm.eu
Prof Gijs D. Breedveld (NGI, UiO)
has 25 years of experience on establishing risk guidelines and contaminant site characterization through projects related to contaminants airports and their natural attenuation processes in collaboration with Avinor and Oslo airport.
Dr Håkon Austad Langberg (NGI, NTNU)
was the PhD student within the project and has gained extensive experience of working with PFAS, both the environmental occurrence and fate, the toxicological implications of the presence of PFAS in the environment and the role of advanced analytical methods for PFAS in site management
Dr Morten Jartun, NIVA,
is an environmental chemist with a broad experience from soil surveys, urban runoff projects, coordinating environmental monitoring programs. He worked for 6 years at Oslo airport looking at the multiple environmental challenges of PFAS in soil, groundwater, and surface recipients. He also coordinated various remediation projects for PFAS in groundwater.
Prof Roland Kallenborn, NMBU and Adjunct Professor at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS),
is an organic analytical chemist focusing on method development and validation for chemical contaminants of emerging concern (CEC). He has more than 25 years of experience in this field. Kallenborn published the first survey of PFASs in the Nordic environment (Kallenborn et al., 2004).
Assoc. Prof Christopher Higgins, (CSM),
has extensive expertise with fate, transport, and treatment studies on PFASs. He leads several environmental PFAS-focused projects in the U.S., and has significant expertise in applying LC-QTOF-MS to PFAS research and examining PFAS at AFFF-impacted sites. Assoc. Prof Timo Hamers, IVM, has extensive experience with in vitro toxicity profiling of both pure compounds and complex environmental mixtures. IVM has had successful collaborations with all Norwegian partners; NGI in the Interreg IV-B funded DiPol program (Impact of Climate Change on the quality of urban and coastal waters (Diffuse Pollution)), with NMBU within the RCN funded program Forurens, and with NIVA in the EU-FP6 funded project Modelkey and the Marie Curie Research Training Networks Keybioeffects and EDA-Emerge.
Ass. Prof. Timo Hamers (E&H) is an environmental toxicologist with expertise in the development, optimisation and application of small-scale in vitro bioassays to determine toxicity profiles of sets of individual compounds and complex environmental mixtures of pollutants.
Prof Bjørn Munro Jenssen (NTNU) has vast experience related to how environmental pollutants affect animals, especially on endocrine systems (hormone systems and vitamin balance). Extensive field work has been carried out in the Arctic and with PFAS. His research group has investigated effects of exposure to environmental concentrations of pollutants in a variety of species in the Norwegian and Arctic environment; zooplankton, fish amphibians, birds, and marine mammals.