The Nansen Center is a project oriented international research centre focusing on the basic research within marine environment and ocean forecasting, satellite remote sensing and climate studies and modelling. Our research is funded by projects granted through competitive calls by research councils, space agencies, EU, national and international government agencies, industry and private donations.

Some of our on-going research projects are listed below. The list is being populated with the most recent and on-going projects and later updated with other major completed research projects.

Ongoing Projects



  • Ocean and Sea Ice Remote Sensing

    The PECO2 project is funded by the Research Council of Norway INPART program for 3-years from 2021 through 2023 and shall strengthen international partnerships in operational oceanography and marine services. 



  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction

    We will use machine learning to quantifies the risk of occurrence of a harmfull algae bloom on seasonal time scale

Climate Futures

  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction

    Our goal is to generate long-term cooperation between companies, public organizations and research groups across sectors  to tackle climate risk



  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction, Climate Processes

    Improving the representation of small-scale nonlinear ocean-atmosphere interactions in Climate Models by innovative joint observing and modelling approaches.


  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction, Sea Ice Modelling

    Arctic cyclones can break up and reshape the Arctic sea-ice cover and can be expected to do so more readily as the ice grows thinner due to anthropogenic climate change. Processes driven by Arctic cyclones can enhance the rate of melting of the ice and increase its export out of the Arctic. We hypothesise that surface coupling (interactions between the ocean, sea ice and atmosphere) play a crucial role in determining the life cycle of Arctic cyclones, and the effect they have on the sea ice.


  • More than 80% of the Arctic population is living in 110 cities. Open space converts a settlement to a location with sense-of-place and values. Green (vegetated) and blue (water) spaces, being the areas of public attraction, recreation and eco-services, make cities livable. We consider green, blue and white space along with built-up areas as components of an interconnected socio-environmental (urban) ecosystem.


Completed Projects




  • Float Your Boat vil sette ut 400 trebåter på sjøisen i Arktis for å følge deres bevegelser med vind og havstrømmer fra Polhavet og ut i det Nordiskehavet som en del av skoleundervisning i naturfag.

Arctic Synthesis