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An excellent research centre on the top of Europe


The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is the largest climate research centre in the Nordic countries and among the leading centres in Europe.

The centre has an international profile with leading expertise within climate understanding, climate modeling and scenarios for future climate changes and quantification of climate changes.

BCCR offers excellent opportunities for research, with a main focus on northern Europe and the polar regions, and is a key provider of first-rate knowledge on climate change to policy makers, industry, and the general public.

  • The Bjerknes Centre has more authors in the last IPCC report than any other Nordic research institution, and is one of four European centres that delivered climate scenarios to the report.
  • BCCR coordinates the Norwegian activities for developing climate models/earth system models in advance of the next IPCC report. 
  • A benchmarking of international climate centres in 2008 placed the Bjerknes Centre as number 2, ranging ahead of many known climate centres in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

After five years as a national Centre of Excellence (CoE) BCCR has been though a midway evaluation by an international committee, on behalf of the Research Council of Norway. The overall grading of achievements from the committee was “exceptionally good”:

BCCR has produced outstanding research results and is on the forefront of development in their field. The evaluation remarks that the centre is on the way to become one of the leading centers worldwide and has an excellent reputation at the national and international levels. The cooperation among various disciplines is considered as exemplary (CoE evaluation).

The scientific staff consists of more than 150 researchers and scholars, who come from Norway and several other European countries, USA, Canada, China and several countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

THE BJERKNES CENTRE IS named after Vilhelm Bjerknes and his son Jacob Bjerknes, who were the leading figures of the “Bergen School” of the physics of atmosphere and ocean. Their work laid the basis for modern meteorology used all over the world. Read more here .


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The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research is coordinated by the University of Bergen in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research, the Nansen Center and Uni Research.