Infrastructure for Norwegian Earth System modelling (INES)

In the INES-project we aim to develop The Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM) to better include and cover the challenge of climate change in the model predictions. INES will build on the work and efforts from a network of scientists from Norwegian institutions, and build up a virtual laboratory for all involved partners – An e-infrastructure for Norwegian Earth system modelling effort.

Logo for INES: An e-infrastructure for Norwegian Earth system modelling effort.

About the project

The Norwegian Infrastructure for Earth System modelling (INES) provides the foundation for research of strategic relevance for Norwegian climate science and a basis for international cooperation efforts aimed at better understanding of future climate change and associated mitigation needs.

INES will establish the next generation climate model for Norwegian and Nordic research and will thus provide society and business with the most recent high-quality knowledge base, at a time when climate change is understood and recognized as a primary driver for change in wide socio-economic areas of Norway.

See full project description at NORCE`s webpages ...


The overall objectives of the INES project are to:

  • Upgrade and maintain a cutting-edge and verified ESM suitable for the national climate science community and participation in international model intercomparison projects.
  • Provide an infrastructure for efficient model simulations, storage, analysis and validation available for the national climate science community and collaborating international groups.
  • For efficient sharing of model data, provide an infrastructure that connects to international data grids and ensures that model data complies with established standards of the climate community


The INES e-infrastructure is financed by Research Council of Norway through the KLIMAFORSK program. The project owner is NORCE, Project leader: Mats Bentsen (NORCE), with Co-Project leader: Michael Schulz (MET).

For more details please visit the main INES project site.

The project period is from 2018 to 2021.


The project is a collaboration between researchers from different institutions. These are the partners in INES:

  • Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET)
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
  • University of Bergen (UiB)
  • University of Oslo (UiO)
  • Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)
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