Biennial report 2003-2004 from NIERSC, St. Petersburg Russia

The Scientific Foundation “Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre” (NIERSC) in St. Petersburg, Russia is a non-profit international research institution for environmental and climate research. It was founded in 1992. The major foci of the Centre are studies of Global Climate Change in the Arctic as well as Arctic environmental processes using satellite remote sensing, in situ data and numerical modelling. These foci include also applied research aimed on the use of remote sensing for support of service development including navigation and offshore oil and gas operation in ice covered areas.
The vision of the Center is to make a scientific contribution to the observations, understanding and predictions of Global Change and Environmental Processes at High Northern Latitudes.

NIERSC was officially registered as a Scientific Foundation according to Russian legislation on 2nd July 2001. This was accompanied by enlargement of the body of co-founders of the Centre to seven co-founders:
ALTARUM Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Bergen University Research Foundation (UNIFOB), Bergen, Norway
Max Planck Society Munich, Germany
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center Bergen, Norway
Northern Water Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Karelian Research Centre Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia
Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Scientific Research Center of Ecological Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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