About us

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center was formally established on November 28th, 1986 as a non-profit research foundation.

The Nansen Center - NERSC - is conducting research within earth science systems in the High North and the Arctic, where we use broad interdisciplinary expertise to investigate and map marine, cryospheric and atmospheric conditions. This is done by using satellite measurement, in-situ measurements, and numerical modeling of sea and sea ice, data assimilation, polar acoustic measurements, climate dynamics and predictions,as well as scientific data dissemination. We both practice and disseminate socially relevant research, and annually produce a large number of scientific articles and national and international reports.

Today, the Nansen Center consists of approximately 70 employees. Our research has an international perspective, which also applies to the workforce, and we have researchers from 28 countries. Our workplace is in the Jahnebakken 3, centrally located in Bergen.

Last year we lead or were otherwise involved in over 100 research projects at home and abroad. Among other things, we have coordination responsibility for the EU project “INTAROS” (Integrated Arctic Observing System). This project has 49 partners from Europe, North America and Asia. We also have a central role in “COPERNICUS” (Arctic Marine Forecasting Center). The Nansen Center is also one of ten partners for the Norwegian research project “The Nansen Legacy” The research projects are financed mainly through the Research Council of Norway, the EU, ESA (European Space Agency), as well as basic funds from the Ministry of Climate and Environment. We also carry out assignments from industry. In addition, financial support is received from local public and private actors.

The Nansen Center is one of four partners in the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research in Bergen, together with the University of Bergen, NORCE and the Institute of Marine Research.


Our offices in Jahnebakken 3Our offices in Jahnebakken 3