NORSAR and NORSAR Innovation AS are members of Achilles Joint Qualification System - a unique collaboration between Norwegian and Danish oil and gas operators and management contractors.

About Us

NORSAR is an internationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit, research foundation within the field of geo-science providing advanced, innovative products and solutions to customers in the public and private sectors.

NORSAR's objectives are as follows:
  • To conduct research and development in the areas of geophysics and geophysical software
  • To promote the application of research results for the benefit of the Norwegian society and Norwegian industry
  • To establish and further develop the professional competence of its staff within its areas of activity
  • To act as a Norwegian national resource center for verifying compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
NORSAR has its headquarters at Kjeller, North- East of Oslo, Norway. NORSAR's field installations are situated in Hedmark (southern Norway), Finnmark (northern Norway) and on the islands of Spitsbergen and Jan Mayen.

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NORSAR's research activities are focused on three main areas:

Nuclear Test Monitoring

Since its establishment in 1968, NORSAR has conducted research and development within nuclear test monitoring by  seismic array technology. A key element in this activity is the operation of advanced seismic installations on mainland Norway, Spitsbergen and Jan Mayen. NORSAR is designated as the National Data Centre (NDC) of Norway for the technical tasks relating to the CTBT.

Seismic modelling

Seismic modelling methods developed by NORSAR provide value-added services to oil companies, seismic contractors and consultant companies. A software product oriented R&D philosophy ensures short time to market for the results from NORSAR petroleum research activities. Software for seismic modelling and imaging, known under brand names as NORSAR-2D/3D, VelRock and SeisRoX, is made commercial, marketed and sold worldwide by NORSAR’s wholly owned subsidiary NORSAR Innovation AS.


Seismology for society is an appropriate designation of NORSAR’s activities in earthquake risk R&D, which are supported by national as well as international organizations. These activities focus on strength and safety issues for civil and industrial installations exposed to earthquake loading.

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