Nordic Centres of Excellence
The MN Faculty hosts two Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) and plays an active part in two Centres hosted by other institutions in the Nordic countries. Each NCoE is assigned for a period of five years and is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date. The initiative aims to involve the very best agencies and institutions in the Nordic region, and promote research and innovation of the highest level, in order to make a Nordic contribution towards solving the global climate crisis.
Completed NCoE hosted by the MN Faculty
Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice (SVALI) was within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). SVALI took on the task to answer these key questions:
- How fast is land ice volume in the Arctic and North-Atlantic area changing, and why?
- Will these processes continue to accelerate?
- What are the consequences for sea-level and ocean circulation
- What are the implications for society?
Center leader: Professor Jon Ove Hagen, Department of Geosciences.
Nordic Centre for the Study of Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics (NorMER)
Nordic Centre for the Study of Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics (NorMER) was within the TRI sub-programme "Effect studies and adaptation to climate change". NorMER builded a unique, cross-disciplinary framework for evaluating effects of climate change on Nordic marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on Atlantic cod.
Centre leader: Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, Department of Biosciences.
Completed NCoE with participants from the MN Faculty
Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC) was within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). CRAICC objectives was
- To identify and quantify the major processes controlling Arctic warming and related feedback mechanisms
- To outline strategies to mitigate Arctic warming
- To develop Nordic Earth System modeling
- Focus: short-lived climate forcers (SLCF), including natural and anthropogenic aerosols
Centre leader: Professor Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki.
Defrost was within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). The centre was gathering internationally recognized experts with the goal of understanding how changes in the cryosphere caused by climate change influence the ecosystem/geosphere processes which directly affect climate.
Centre leader: Torben R. Christensen, Lund University.
The Nordic CCS Competence Centre (NORDICCS) was within the TRI sub-programme "CO2 - capture and storage" (CCS). NORDICCS was aiming for the Nordic countries and industries to join forces and capacities for CCS activities relevant to the Nordic region. The primary objective of the centre was to contribute in boosting CCS deployment in the Nordic region. The establishment of a durable network of experts from research and development institutions and companies from various industrial sectors is an important strategy to evaluate the conditions for CCS in the Nordic region.
Centre leader: Nils Anders Røkke, SINTEF.