NILU is an independent, non-profit institution established in 1969. Through its research, NILU increases understanding of the processes and impact of climate change; the composition of the atmosphere; air quality; and the fate of environmental pollutants. Based on its research, NILU markets integrated services and products in the analytical, monitoring and consulting sectors. NILU is concerned with increasing public awareness about climate change and environmental pollution.

NILU’s main research areas are: atmospheric composition; green house gases and climate forcing agents; ozone-layer depletion and UV radiation; long-range transport of air pollution; urban and industrial pollution; the effect of chemicals on the environment and human health; and environmental economics. NILU’s observatories in the Arctic, in Antarctica and in Norway provide important information on global change in the atmosphere, and on long range transport of environmental pollutants.

Research in coastal and oceanic zones in Norway and elsewhere is of vital importance to NILU as it concerns atmospheric processes; transport of environmental pollutants; their deposition on sea and land; and, finally, their effect on humans and the environment. NILU is a partner in the BarentsWatch resource group and contributes with research and data relevant to the BarentsWatch field of competence.

NILU’s main office is located at Kjeller outside Oslo. The institute also has offices and staff at the FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment in Tromsoe, and is represented at CIENS in Oslo. Internationally, NILU is established in Poland, The United Arab Emirates and South Africa.