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.
NCoE hosted by the MN Faculty
Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice (SVALI) is within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). SVALI takes 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?
The project leader is professor Jon Ove Hagen.
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) is within the TRI sub-programme "Effect studies and adaptation to climate change". norMER builds a unique, cross-disciplinary framework for evaluating effects of climate change on Nordic marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on Atlantic cod.
The project leader is professor Nils Christian Stenseth.
NCoE with participants from the MN Faculty
Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC) is within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). CRAICC objectives is
- 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
The project leader is professor Markku Kulmala, Finland.
Defrost is within the TRI sub-programme “Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere” (ICCC). The NCoE DEFROST will gather 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.
The project leader is Torben R. Christensen, Sweden.
The Nordic CCS Competence Centre (NORDICCS) lies within the TRI sub-programme "CO2 - capture and storage" (CCS). NORDICCS is 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 is 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.
The project leader is Nils Anders Røkke from SINTEF, Norway.