Understanding climate
for the benefit of society

Filming on Greenland, summer 2014. Foto: UiB

World-class MOOC on drivers of climate change

Three-week course in October guided by UiB and Bjerknes Professors.


For the third time in a row UiB is arranging an open, English, online course in causes of climate change.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) «Causes of Climate Change» is developed by Professors Kerim Nisancioglu and Asgeir Sorteberg at UiB and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, on the FutureLearn service.

“In this MOOC we will try to answer many of the key questions relating to the dynamics of the climate system and what drives it. We will also take you on a brief tour of past changes in climate and their causes, as well as discuss the implications of man made emissions of greenhouse gases," Professor Nisancioglu says.

"Through this course we can reach audiences internationally, and give students with otherwise no access to higher education a world-class course."

The course runs for three weeks from 1st of October, with a gathered time of around 12 hours.

Teachers can also join the studiesirkelen i Bergen tre kveldar (in Norwegian), with coffee and discussions on the course – with techniques on how to give pupils a good understanding of todays climate.

The MOOC is open for everyone, but a high school education and an interest in physics is expected. One of the targets of the course is also recruitment of new students to the geo sciences and climate.

"We film alot in Bergen and in Norwegian nature. A part of the goal is showing our city to attract new students. And Bergen is the birthplace of modern meteorology, so of course we point to that as well," says Nisanciouglu.