The CLEAN project develops scientific methods and management solutions to address the cumulative impacts and risks associated with multiple stressors in High North ecosystems.

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01. Feb 2022


31. Dec 2026

Funded by

FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (The Fram Centre)


Akvaplan-niva, Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NIVA – The Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norwegian Polar Institute, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, UNIS – The university centre in Svalbard, NINA – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NIBIO – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, NIKU – The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research and SINTEF Ocean.

Project Manager(s):

Eirik Mikkelsen


To understand and manage the cumulative impacts from many types of human activities on the environment is challenging. It is complicated by the influence of climate change and long-transported pollutants, and by much of the management being sector-based.


The project investigates and develops scientific knowledge and methods to study the cumulative impacts, and it also evaluates management challenges and options to better handle these impact, including through better use of scientific knowledge.

What we do

Nofima leads the work aimed at better management of cumulativeimpacts, together with Akvaplan-niva. It includes analyzing how overall effects are handled in different types of management, how knowledge is used, and how this can be improved.

Also central are analyzes of how the interaction is between sector administrations and integrative management mechanisms, such as water management, coastal zone planning and marine management plans.

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