Understanding climate
for the benefit of society

Global Climate

Current climate change in a broader context.


Research focus


The climate system is changing at unprecedented rates. Understanding the human influence compared to natural variability and natural forcings is critical for predicting the current and future course of global climate.


We investigate the dynamics that give rise to large-scale patterns of surface temperature, rainfall, winds, ocean currents and sea surface elevation, as well as to changes in these patterns over time. Such dynamics act on a wide range of time scales, from days or seasons to centuries and beyond.


Examples of dynamics on the time scale of days are midlatitude weather systems. For seasons it will be monsoons, when they occur and their intensity. When we look at the time scale of centuries and beyond, the large patterns are important, such as variation in the ocean thermohaline circulation, interactions with changing continents, topography, greenhouse gases and solar radiation.


We are interested in how such key processes give rise to past, present and future climate conditions.


Keywords: teleconnections, interactions and feedbacks, predictability, storms and storm tracks, ocean circulation and ventilation, climate and human evolution, tropical variability, Atlantic-European climate, past warm climates


Strategic projects


Enhancing Mechanistic Understanding of mid-latitude LArge-scale circulaTion Errors (EMULATE) –  Leaders: Stefan Sobolowski and Erica Madonna


Camille Li



“The last five years have been the warmest ever recorded”, says Camille Li, leader of our Global Climate research.


“While mitigation and adaptation measures are essential, so are continued efforts to understand how the global climate system operates and its range of behaviour.”

Global Climate research group

Research leader 
Camille Li


Bjørg Risebrobakken



  • Helge Avlesen
  • Sebastien Barthélémy
  • Mats Bentsen
  • Ingo Bethke
  • Hilary Birks
  • John Birks
  • Anna Hauge Braaten
  • Alvaro Fernandez Bremer
  • Hai Bui
  • Alberto Carrassi
  • Ashneel Chandra
  • Lander Rodriguez Crespo
  • Carin Andersson Dahl
  • Teferi Demissie
  • Helge Drange
  • Etienne Dunn-Sigouin
  • Tore Furevik
  • Eirik Galaasen
  • Yongqi Gao
  • Chuncheng Guo
  • Alok Kumar Gupta
  • Ragnhild Gya
  • Ozan Mert Göktürk
  • Kristian Agasøster Haaga
  • Yanchun He
  • Shengping He
  • Nil Irvali
  • Yuki Kanno
  • Noel Keenlyside
  • Martin King
  • Helga Kikki Kleiven
  • Shunya Koseki
  • Nils Gunnar Kvamstø
  • Thomas Leutert
  • Fei Li
  • Torge Lorenz
  • Erica Madonna
  • Elaine McDonagh
  • Niklas Meinicke
  • Clio Michel
  • Sevasti Modestou
  • Priscilla Mooney
  • Evi Naudts
  • Aleksi Nummelin
  • Fumiaki Ogawa
  • Stina Olandersson
  • Nour-Eddine Omrani
  • Marek Ostrowski
  • Odd Helge Otterå
  • Stephen Outten
  • Øyvind Paasche
  • Sunil Kumar Pariyar
  • Francine Schevenhoven
  • Mao-Lin Shen
  • Yu Feng Siew
  • Avneet Singh
  • Stefan Sobolowski
  • Harald Sodemann
  • Thomas Spengler
  • Hans Christian Steen-Larsen
  • Lingling Suo
  • Lea Svendsen
  • Amandine A. Tisserand
  • Thomas Toniazzo
  • Leonidas Tsopouridis
  • Yiguo Wang
  • Christian Weijenborg
  • Yongbiao Weng
  • Zhongshi Zhang