NERSC annual report for 2016

The Nansen Center shall pioneer our understanding of the Earth system and to deliver science-based innovation to the benefit of society. In achieving this the Center conduct marine, cryosphere, and atmosphere research using in situ and remote sensing observations, models, and data assimilation leading to innovation and service development.

In 2016 the Center was 30 years - a year with high scientific activities and changes in its organisation. The anniversary was celebrated with a scientific conference in November. The Board approved the new strategy for the Center for 2016 to 2021 and employed Prof. Dr. Scient Sebastian H. Mernild as the managing director from 1st December. By the end of 2016 the Nansen Center employed 76 people from 26 nations, who published 82 scientific articles in international peer reviewed journals, including one paper was published in the prestigious Nature Communications, and two book chapters. In 2016 totally 208 scientific papers and reports were published – an increase compared to 2013, 2014, and 2015.

As a national climate and environmental research institute the Center has strengthened its expertise through institutional strategic research programs within: - studies of regional climate change, including studies of sea level change and local air quality in urban areas; - operational oceanographic studies and services in the Arctic, focusing on integrating observations and the development of ocean and sea ice modelling and forecasting; - climate studies with a focus on teleconnections and the coupling between the Arctic and monsoon systems in India and China; and integrated multidisciplinary climate and environmental research. Over the last 30 years the Nansen Center has built up extensive knowledge on the development and application of satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) data as well as ocean and sea ice model development and applications. In particular the Center aims at being a national resource for knowledge of EO research within marine, cryosphere and climate studies. An increased focus on cross-disciplinary research cooperation and synergies has strengthened the scientific expertise of the Center. The research activities, projects, and employees have, through an internal process, been re-organised into nine thematic research groups; Ocean and Coastal Remote Sensing; Sea Ice Modelling; Ocean Modelling; Data Assimilation; Polar Acoustics and Oceanography; Sea Ice and Land Ice Remote Sensing; Climate processes; Climate Dynamics and Prediction; and Scientific Data Management.

This and more about the scientific achievements and results obtained in 2016 can be found in the NERSC annual report for 2016

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