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


  • 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

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


  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction

    Role of ocean dynamics and Ocean-Atmosphere interactions in Driving cliMAte variations and future Projections of impact-relevant extreme events 



  • 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.


  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction

    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.




  • Climate Dynamics and Prediction

    The KeyCLIM project set out to better understand, calculate and reduce the uncertainty related to climate change in Northern Latitudes, especially in the Arctic. The project group has assembled new model scenarios and data documenting large and partly irreversible climate changes in the north for the next 50-300 years.

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







  • Two sound sourcs in fixed moorings will transmit a signal which will be received on listen cables in 5 fixed moorings and four drifting drifting receivers hundreds of kilometers away from the sound sources.