In Norway, a lot of the challenges linked to the coastal zone require detailed information on environmental conditions such as currents, salinity and temperature. The NorKyst800m model is capable of producing realistic scenarios of currents and other environmental conditions along the coast and inshore in the largest fjords, both for the past and the future. The NorKyst800 model may also be applied to quantify the consequences of management decisions, for instance related to construction of hydroelectric power stations or impacts associated with eutrophication or dispersion of diseases.
If a serious accident occurs offshore along the Norwegian coast, the NorKyst800 model is able to provide vital information on the environmental conditions for the relevant time and location. These results can potentially be applied as input to models describing dispersion of oil or drifting objects realistically, near-shore and within the largest fjords. In addition, dispersal of harmful algae and salmon lice adjacent to fish farms may be estimated similarly.
To be able to quantify carrying capacity for the aquaculture, it is important with information on environmental conditions on a regional scale. This is also valid for different species related to mapping of nature types and for assessments associated with the Water Framework Directive.
Ocean currents at 10m-depth from the NorKyst800 model as an average for October 2009.