Strategy 2016 - 2021


STRATEGY 2016 - 2021



Human induced changes and natural variability in the environment of the Earth, where climate poses major societal challenges.

Advanced understanding of the Earth system will improve mitigation and adaption to climate changes, benefitting society.

Short term forecasts, climate projections and predictions continue to improve together with sustainable observing systems, including remote sensing, process understanding, evolving numerical models and data assimilation.




Pioneer understanding of the Earth

system and science based innovation

for society.




We conduct marine, cryosphere and atmospheric research using observations, models and data assimilation leading to innovation and service development.

We focus on the high latitudes and the Arctic.

We disseminate and communicate our knowledge to stakeholders and society in support of sustainable environment and blue growth.

We contribute to education and capacity building.

We maintain strategic, national, and international partnerships.




We act with respect, openness, transparency and integrity to create trust in all relations.

We conduct independent and curiosity
driven research.

We fulfil our obligations in a
reliable and professional
manner,following ethical and
environmental standards.






Our priorities are aligned with national and
international research strategies and development programs, combining Earth system science,
innovation and services.




Earth System Science is conducted through multidisciplinary research across short term to multi decadal time scales, including:
  • Ocean processes and interactions with the marine ecosystem
  • Sea ice physics
  • Boundary layer dynamics
  • Climate variability, teleconnections and predictability

Innovation is essential for progress in Earth system sciences and service development and their exploitation in accordance with stakeholder requirements. We apply and integrate:
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Numerical modelling
  • Data assimilation

  • Acoustical oceanography
  • Observing system design and optimization
  • Data handling and integration

Services for stakeholders and the general public rely on careful development and testing towards operational use, including:
  • Marine and sea ice services
  • Harmful algal bloom monitoring
  • Climate services
  • Air quality and extreme winds



Receive attractive worldwide reputation on high latitude and Arctic research.

Become a recognized developer and contributor to Copernicus Services and to climate modelling intercomparison projects.

Qualify for high-level awards:

  • Center of Excellence and/or Center of Research-based Innovation
  • European Research Council (ERC) grant
  • Service operations

Be an active contributor in taking Bergen among the international top-class cities in marine and climate research and technology development.



We are an attractive organisation with highly qualified and motivated staff in an open, diverse and equality based culture.

We practise efficient leadership and transparent procedures for decision-making with clear responsibilities.

We use innovative technologies and IT solutions for conducting research, innovation, services and data management.

We encourage mobility, training, career development and competence building.

We ensure gender balance at all levels in the organisation.

We operate according to professional management and sound economic principles to ensure optimal use of resources.

We ensure a safe and healthy physical and psychosocial work environment and programmes.

We ensure a good relationship between leadership, employees, and the local trade unions.



  • We ensure a good relationship between leadership, employees, and the local trade unions.
  • Publish high quality research in scientific journals. Promote activities and achievements at international conferences and meetings.
  • Provide research findings to media, contributing to public debates.
  • Ensure open and free access to scientific data following agreed international standards.
  • Deliver honest, timely and open information. Interact with public authorities, stakeholders and society in a highly professional manner.
  • Influence development of new research policies, opportunities.



Strengthen strategic partnership and alliances at national and international levels.

Create and maintain cooperation with world leading research institutes.

Contribute to research clusters and research infrastructures.

Foster cooperation and capacity building together with the other Nansen Centres.

Maintain and reinforce collaboration with public authorities and industry.



Employees 77
Nationalities 24
Scientists with PhD 74 %
Research projects 112
Research groups 9
Turnover 65 mill NOK

Fridtjof Nansen


Fridtjof Nansen (1861 – 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian. Nansen led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, winning international fame during his North Pole expedition of 1893–96.

Fridtjof Nansen completed many scien-
tific cruises, mainly in the North Atlantic, and contributed to the development of modern oceanographic equipment. Fridtjof Nansen was appointed the League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1921 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year.

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