About the centre

CBA is a joint operation between the Department of Biosciences, Geosciences and Chemistry.


Our interdisciplinary team studies interactions and feedbacks between climate, carbon cycling and ecosystems in northern latitudes

  • to assess and predict changes in global carbon cycling, which is a crucial requirement to develop strategies to counter anthropogenic climate change.
  • To educate the next generation of climate scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry and geology.
  • To engage the public to implement strategies that help society and ecosystems reverse or adapt to climate and environmental changes


Our shared vision is

  • to develop and deploy cutting-edge science to understand biogeochemical cycles in a changing anthropogenic world.
  • to develop strategies to help society and ecosystems reverse or adapt to climate and environmental changes.


We want to achieve excellence through

  • Scientific rigorousness and openness
  • Ethical practices in all areas of endeavour
  • Scientific accountability
  • Respect, professionalism and dedication
  • Sense of responsibility to transfer knowledge to the public
  • Sharing of best practices and working as a team

Centre organisation

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CBA is led by centre leader Dag Hessen, who is joined by Rolf David Vogt and Terje Koren Berntsen in the leader group.

The board

The board currently consists of Brit Lisa Skjelkv√•le, Einar Uggerud, Rein Aasland, and Solveig Kristensen and the leader group.

Scientific advisory board

The members of our scientific advisory board are Tim Lenton (University of Exacter, Global Systems Institute), Vigdis Vandvik (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research) and Marten Scheffer (Wageningen University and Research). Together they will evaluate the scientific performance of the Centre for Biogeochemistry and assess current and future strategies of the board.


Dag O. Hessen
Centre leader


Lene Liebe Delsett

Centre coordinator

lenelie@uio.no // 90134531