This table identifies the data types and owners, as well as sources and update frequencies. It applies to map data.

KDO: Key Data Owner
Class: Type
Source Type: How the data is accessed and/or stored
Update Frequency: Data is updated by the key data owner anywhere from every 15 minutes (in the case of Kystverket) to monthly.
Comments: Extra information to help explain the data.

KDO Class Source type Update frequency Comments
Directorate of Fisheries Active gear online zipped shapefile weekly Areas where use of active fishing gear for vocational, leisure or tourist fishing has been observed or is envisaged in future. Examples of active gear are seines, purse seine or shrimp trawls. Statistics are seasonal and per species.
Directorate of Fisheries Aquaculture static web page monthly List of aquaculture locations. Note that one aquaculture permit may use more than one location. Note that not all locations are in active use at any time.
Directorate of Fisheries Main statistic areas online zipped shapefile monthly Main fishery statistical areas with geographical boundaries. For the time beeing without fishery statistics. The Directorate of Fisheries and Statistics Norway (SSB) provide fishery statistics on request.
Directorate of Fisheries Mooring site online zipped shapefile monthly Mooring sites in Norwegian called “Kaste og låssettingsplasser” are sites used by fishermen to catch and contain the catch for a temporaly period of time.
Directorate of Fisheries Passive gear online zipped shapefile weekly Areas where use of passive fishing gear for vocational, leisure or tourist fishing has been observed or is envisaged in future. Examples of passive gear are line and net. Statistics are seasonal and per species.
Directorate of Fisheries Salmon fjords online zipped shapefile monthly The Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, has by plenary decisions of 25 February 2003 and 15 May 2007 decided to establish a network of 52 National Salmon Rivers (NSR) and 29 National Salmon Fjords (NSF).The purpose of NSF and NSR is to give the most important salmon stocks in Norway special protection against possible negative impacts from certain activities in the rivers, and from salmon farming in the surrounding fjords and coastal areas. In 14 of the 29 NSF farming of anadromous fish is prohibited, and existing farms in these fjords has to relocate and move out before 01.03.2011
Directorate of Fisheries Shellfish spots online zipped shapefile monthly Sites where shellfish are exploited commercially by fishermen
Directorate of Fisheries Spawning areas online zipped shapefile monthly Spawning areas of coastal fish stocks. Note that data theme is based on county reporting, hence coverage may vary significantly between different counties. Note that the dataset does not include the large fish stocks spawning in open sea areas. These data are maintained by the Institute for Marine Research.
Directorate of Fisheries Statistic locations online zipped shapefile. monthly List of fishery statistical areas with geographical boundaries. The Directorate of Fisheries and Statistics Norway (SSB) provide fishery statistics based on these areas.
Institute of Marine Research Arctic currents online zipped shapefile weekly Schematic of sea currents in arctic areas.
Institute of Marine Research Atlantic currents online zipped shapefile weekly Schematic of atlantic currents.
Institute of Marine Research Coastal currents online zipped shapefile weekly Schematic of sea currents in coastal areas.
Institute of Marine Research Coral areas online zipped shapefile monthly Deep water coral area boundaries from IMR.
Institute of Marine Research Coral reef research area online zipped shapefile monthly IMR research area for coral reefs.
Institute of Marine Research Coral reefs online zipped shapefile monthly Deep water coral reef spots from IMR.
Institute of Marine Research Fish habitats online zipped shapefile monthly Shapefiles of the distribution of fish habitats.
Institute of Marine Research Fish spawning areas online zipped shapefile monthly Shapefiles of the distribution of fish spawning areas.
Institute of Marine Research Marine mammal habitats online zipped shapefile monthly Shapefiles of the distribution of marine mammals.
Institute of Marine Research Polar front online zipped shapefile weekly Schematic of the Arctic Polar Front. The area of the Barents Sea where the cold, relatively fresh, Arctic water meets the warm, saline Atlantic water.
Institute of Marine Research Shellfish habitats online zipped shapefile weekly Distribution of shellfish habitats
Institute of Marine Research Vulnerable nature types online zipped shapefile weekly Vulnerable nature types mapped by MAREANO.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Airports static dataset manually Airports from Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Coastal shipping lanes online zipped shapefile monthly Coastal shipping lanes.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Emergency ports online zipped shapefile monthly Suggested and accepted emergency ports according to the Norwegian Coastal Administrations emergency plan. The ports are split into two categories: Category 1 ports are especially suitable for the largest vessels while category 2 ports are suited to the expected traffic in the area.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Fishing harbours online zipped shapefile monthly Fishing harbours in Norway.
Norwegian Coastal Administration MOB areas online zipped shapefile monthly MOB areas are environmental areas of specific priority in connection with oil spills, according to the prioritisation method for environmental resources devised by SFT and DN.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Military area online zipped shapefile weekly Military ban areas that are associated with specific and closely defined restrictions.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Sailing routes online zipped shapefile weekly International Maritime Organization recommended route for navigation around Norway.
Norwegian Coastal Administration SEA ISPS terminals online zipped shapefile monthly ISPS terminals. Covers approved ISPS terminals, and those who have applied for approval.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Separation zones online zipped shapefile weekly Shipping lane separation zones.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Vessel 1 hour history web service every 15 minutes AIS 60 minutes position history reports from the ships on Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Norwegian Coastal Administration Vessel position web service every 15 minutes AIS position reports and static data from ships with AIS transponders in Norwegian waters. AIS transponders are mandatory for larger vessels, and optional for smaller.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Management plan areas online zipped shapefile weekly Areas covered by management plans for the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea. The aim of these plans is to establish a holistic and ecosystem-based management of Norwegian sea areas. This means that all activities in an area should be managed within a single context and that the total environmental pressure from activities should not threaten the structure, functioning and productivity of the ecosystems.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Marine protection plan online zipped shapefile monthly The data set shows the areas that are proposed to be included in the national marine conservation plan for Norway.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Nature types online zipped shapefile monthly Nature types are areas important for the biological diversity in municipalities in Norway. The mapping has concentrated on 12 marine nature types and 57 nature types on land. The mapping also includes key areas that are important for selected species and areas that have a particular local importance.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Protected areas online zipped shapefile monthly The protected areas are limited nature areas given protection by the authorities. The purpose is to take care of different nature types and landscapes for the benefit of mankind and to sustain the living conditions for plants and animal species, i.e. the biological diversity.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Recreational areas online zipped shapefile monthly Public recreational areas with development restrictions.
Norwegian Environmental Agency SVO (particularly vulnerable areas) online zipped shapefile monthly Combined data sets of SVO for Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea, and North Sea. The data set contains particularly valuable areas that are identified through the comprehensive management plans of the respective seas. Particularly valuable areas in the Barents Sea and Lofoten include vulnerable habitats, important spawning and nursery areas for fish, important areas for seabirds, Eggakanten, polar front, the ice edge, and coastal zone. Particularly valuable areas in the Norwegian Sea include vulnerable habitats, important spawning areas for herring and pollock, the main spawning areas for cod, important areas for seabirds and mammals, Eggakanten, the arctic front, and the coastal zone.
Norwegian Environmental Agency Suggested protected areas online zipped shapefile monthly These areas have been proposed for protection by the county environmental administration or by the Norwegian Environmental Agency, but the formal process of protection have not yet been completed.
Norwegian Geological Survey Sediment grain size Shapefile on FTP Weekly Classification of sediments based on grain sizeby NGU.
Norwegian Mapping Authority Bathymetry grids online shapefile never This dataset contains an overview of areas with marine geodata displayed in a grid.Marine geodata or primary data consists of seamless bathymetry and coastline in a vector format. The data is continuously updated through input of new information from internal and external sources, and has been subjected to scale correction and generalisation only to a limited degree. In principal, this is our best, unclassified data and it has been subjected to extensive quality controls.A data set will consist of shallows, soundings, depth contours and bathymetry areas, coastline and skerries, as well as land areas. The point density will vary depending on source and depth, and the minimum distance between soundings is 50 metres. The typical scales used are 1:10,000 – 1:30,000, but other scales can also be used. The quality of the data will vary depending on source and age.At the moment, the NHS does not have full data coverage in the two of the northernmost counties (Nordland and Finnmark) as well as the County of Sogn og Fjordane. Production continues consecutively. Navigation critical areas are prioritised during hydrographical surveys, and some areas are therefore marked as not surveyed.
Norwegian Mapping Authority Hydrographic surveys online shapefile never This dataset shows availability of hydrographic survey data.The hydrographic survey data, traditionally called fair sheets, contain the soundings from the hydrographic survey. Modern surveying is carried out using multi-beam echo sounders. Single-beam echo sounders and hand lead were used earlier, which means that the data density will vary depending on the data source and age. These data are used as basis for the NHS’ digital and analogue chart products and are very detailed. It is therefore defined as classified material by the Armed Forces. Access is depending on approval.Most of the NHS hydrographical survey data is available in a digital format (sosi, shape or xyz files), but there are still some fair sheets available only in paper format.Digital deliveries of modern hydrographical survey data often consist of soundings only. Depth contours can be generated if agreed, or the unclassified depth contours can be used. The analogue fair sheets and older single beam survey data will usually cover several topics: coastline, foreshore, navaids, bottom conditions, etc.
Norwegian Mapping Authority Maritime border shapefile never Norwegian baselines, maritime borders and international boundaries.
Norwegian Mapping Authority Rig position online PDF daily Position for mobile units for Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea north of 55° N and east of 05° W.
Norwegian Mapping Authority Rig position history online PDF daily Position history for mobile units for Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea north of 55° N and east of 05° W.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate 21st round blocks online zipped shapefile weekly Blocks announced in the 21st licencing round.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate 22nd round blocks online zipped shapefile weekly Blocks announced in the 22nd licencing round.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate APA 2012 polygons online zipped shapefile weekly APA 2012 (TFO2012) predefined areas.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate BAA areas online zipped shapefile weekly Business Arrangement Areas.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Blocks offline shapefile never Petroleum block boundaries.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Current acquisition areas online zipped shapefile weekly Reported seismic acquisition activity, Gross and Net areas.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Current acquisition lines online zipped shapefile weekly Reported seismic acquisition activity, 2D-lines.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Discoveries online zipped shapefile weekly Discoveries:Unprojected ED50 shape dataset.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Domes online zipped shapefile never This dataset contains the main domes of the Norwegian shelf and adjacent areas. The data is compiled by the NPD and is based on the officially approved structural elements.Please note that some of the structural elements which are defined have not yet been approved by Norsk Stratigrafisk Komite. This applies in particular in the North Sea.The information in this dataset may be updated without notice.From NPD geological pages
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Facilities online zipped shapefile weekly General information about subsurface and surfacefacilities such as name, position, fact-page and fact-map URLs and unique NPD ids.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Faults online zipped shapefile never This dataset contains the main faults of the Norwegian shelf and adjacent areas. The data is compiled by the NPD and is based on the officially approved structural elements.Please note that some of the structural elements which are defined have not yet been approved by Norsk Stratigrafisk Komite. This applies in particular in the North Sea.The information in this dataset may be updated without notice.From NPD geological pages
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Fields online zipped shapefile weekly General information about fields such as name, status, discovery wellbore and unique NPD id.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Navigation 2D online zipped shapefile weekly 2D navigation lines from NPD
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Navigation 3D online zipped shapefile weekly 3D navigation polygons from NPD
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Pipelines online zipped shapefile weekly Major pipelines unprojected ED50 shape dataset
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Production licences active online zipped shapefile weekly Active production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf. Unprojected ED50 shape dataset.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Production licences inactive online zipped shapefile weekly Inctive production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf. Unprojected ED50 shape dataset.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Quadrants offline shapefile never Quadrant shapes.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Structural elements offline zipped shapefile never This dataset contains the main structural elements of the Norwegian shelf and adjacent areas. The data is compiled by the NPD and is based on the officially approved structural elements.Please note that some of the structural elements which are defined have not yet been approved by Norsk Stratigrafisk Komite. This applies in particular in the North Sea.The information in this dataset may be updated without notice. From NPD geological pages
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Subareas offline shapefile never Subarea boundaries.
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Wellbores online zipped shapefile weekly Development and Exploration wellbores unprojected ED50 shape dataset.