The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, NORCE, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.


Board of Directors, leader group, staff statistics and our Scientific Advisory Council.


The aim of the Bjerknes Centre is to understand and quantify the climate system for the benefit of society. 

The Bjerknes Centre was founded in 2000, and labeled a National Centre of Excellence (CoE) from 2003 - 2012. Today, the activities of the Bjerkens Centre are partially funded by a grant to the Centre for Climate Dynamics (SKD) from the Ministry of Education and Research for the period 2010-2021. All BCCR researchers are employed at one of our four partners: University of Bergen, NORCE, Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC).



Staff 2019


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Bjerknes Centre recruites many international scientists. In 2020 39 nations are represented.

Bjerknes Årsrapport Kart 2019

Partners and Sponsors

The University of Bergen (UiB) is a medium-sized European university with approximately 16 000 students and 3 000 employees. UiB is both an educational and a research institution that covers the majority of disciplines and fields, organised in seven faculties, and approximately 90 departments and academic centres. UiB is also part of a global network of students, scientists and knowledge institutions. It is a dynamic place where one can meet and interact with other academic communities locally, nationally and internationally. Since the mid 1980s, there has been great focus on creating an international profile for the university, and today UiB has numerous collaborations and partnerships with institutions across the globe.

NORCE is one of Norway's largest independent research institutes, if we include NORCE's subsidiaries, the group has 1000 employees from around the world. NORCE delivers research and innovation in energy, health care, climate, the environment, society and technology. NORCE's main office is in Bergen, and the group has a strong presence in Alta, Tromsø, Bardu, Bodø, Haugesund, Randaberg, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad og Oslo.

Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is Norway's largest centre of marine science, with a staff of almost 750. Their main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of IMR activities are financed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) is an independent non-profit research foundation affiliated with the University of Bergen, Norway. The Nansen Center conducts basic and applied environmental and climate research, and generate interdisciplinary scientific expertise in Earth system environmental and climate research, satellite remote sensing, modeling and data assimilation. 


International collaborations

BCCR scientists are involved in numerous international climate related programmes and projects; as board members, project leaders, and as lead authors and co-authors  for research and implementations plans, reports and publications. Below is a list of the various programmes: 

ACIA - Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
AOSB - Arctic Ocean Science Board
CLIVAR - Programme on Climate Variability and Predictability (WCRP)
ECF - European Climate Forum
EPB - European Polar Board
EuroGOOS - Global Ocean Observing System in the European Seas
GLOBEC - Global ocean ecosystem dynamics (IGBP) 
ICARPII - Second International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
ICES - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
IGBP - International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (ICSU)
IMAGES - International Marine Past Global Change Study (PAGES/IGBP)
IMBER - Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IGBP-SCOR)
IOC - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UNESCO
IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (WMO-UNEP)
PAGES - Past Global Changes (IGBP)
SCAR - Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCOR - Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research 
SOLAS - Surface Ocean and Lower Atmosphere Study (IGBP-SCOR)