The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) has been a leading international centre for research and consulting within the engineering-related geosciences since 1953. NGI’s main office and laboratory is in Oslo, with a branch office in Trondheim and daughter companies in Houston (USA) and Perth (Australia). NGI has 320 employees and hosts a number of PhD candidates, postdocs and research scientists every year. With the support from the Research Council of Norway, EU’s research programs, the industry, and in collaboration with others, NGI works to solve the major societal challenges related to the environment and sustainability as well as the assessment, prevention and mitigation of geohazards such as debris flows and landslides, snow avalanche, tsunamis, and flood control. NGI’s strength lies in the combination of theory, model testing, and monitoring in real design projects. Researchers have the opportunity to exchange with practicing engineers working on challenging design projects in which they implement cutting-edge methodologies and for which they often need to innovate in order to provide solutions.
NGI possesses key international expertise in geohazard analysis and modelling, as well as in assessment of natural hazard vulnerability and risk, and risk management. NGI has a long history of co-developing applied research with stakeholders through Joint Industry Projects and EU research projects. Through working with municipal, county and national stakeholders in Norway, and abroad, NGI has developed many solutions in line with its mandate to develop knowledge and technology that shall benefit society and be adopted by the market. NGI’s climate service activities enhance the capacity of its partners and clients, as well as the wider community where risk and uncertainty in climate knowledge is translated to usable and relevant products such as visualization tools (based on e.g. GIS or graphic design) and climate- and socio-economic change scenarios. NGI’s expertise in translating climate knowledge improves decision-making processes and encourages the implementation of climate adaption measures around Europe.
James Strout has been employed at NGI since 1998, and has 18 years of experience in the offshore energy sector, and 4 years in the Natural Hazards sector.
Amy Oen has been employed at NGI since 2001 and has over twenty years of research and consulting experience within the environmental sector. Expertise in ecological risk assessment and environmental management of pollutants, as well as knowledge brokering to improve stakeholder involvement.
Dr. Sean Salazar (M) is a researcher and engineer at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). He specializes in satellite, airborne and terrestrial remote sensing and mapping techniques applied to geohazards and civil infrastructure. Sean earned his PhD and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas as a U.S. National Science Foundation (U.S. NSF) graduate research fellow.
Nellie Body (MSc)(F) works with geohazards research and consulting at NGI. She has earned a MSc in Geohazards and Geomechanics and a BSc in Geology and geophysics from the University of Oslo, as well as single courses in Disaster management from the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.