Understanding climate
for the benefit of society

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Current climate change in a broader context.


Research focus


The climate system is changing at unprecedented rates. Understanding the human influence compared to natural variability and natural forcings is critical for predicting the current and future course of global climate.


We investigate the dynamics that give rise to large-scale patterns of surface temperature, rainfall, winds, ocean currents and sea surface elevation, as well as to changes in these patterns over time. Such dynamics act on a wide range of time scales, from days or seasons to centuries and beyond.


Examples of dynamics on the time scale of days are midlatitude weather systems. For seasons it will be monsoons, when they occur and their intensity. When we look at the time scale of centuries and beyond, the large patterns are important, such as variation in the ocean thermohaline circulation, interactions with changing continents, topography, greenhouse gases and solar radiation.


We are interested in how such key processes give rise to past, present and future climate conditions.


Keywords: teleconnections, interactions and feedbacks, predictability, storms and storm tracks, ocean circulation and ventilation, climate and human evolution, tropical variability, Atlantic-European climate, past warm climates


Strategic projects


Enhancing Mechanistic Understanding of mid-latitude LArge-scale circulaTion Errors (EMULATE) –  Leaders: Stefan Sobolowski and Erica Madonna










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Global Climate research group

Research leader 
Nele Meckler




Helge Avlesen

Sebastien Barthélémy

Mats Bentsen

Ingo Bethke

Hilary Birks

John Birks

Anna Hauge Braaten

Alvaro Fernandez Bremer

Hai Bui

Ashneel Chandra

Ping-Gin Chiu

Lander Rodriguez Crespo

Carin Andersson Dahl

Teferi Demissie

Helge Drange

Etienne Dunn-Sigouin

Tore Furevik

Eirik Galaasen

Yongqi Gao

Chuncheng Guo

Alok Kumar Gupta

Ragnhild Gya

Ozan Mert Göktürk

Kristian Agasøster Haaga

Yanchun He

Shengping He

Nil Irvali

Aina Johannessen

Noel Keenlyside

Martin King

Helga Kikki Kleiven

Shunya Koseki

Vandhna Kumar

Nils Gunnar Kvamstø

Fei Li

Torge Lorenz

Johannes Lutzmann

Jenny Maccali

Erica Madonna

Johanna Marquardt

Elaine McDonagh

Clio Michel

Sevasti Modestou

Priscilla Mooney

Mari Skuggedal Myksvoll

Aleksi Nummelin

Stina Olandersson

Nour-Eddine Omrani

Marek Ostrowski

Odd Helge Otterå

Stephen Outten

Karl Purcell

Juliano Ramanantsoa

Francine Schevenhoven

Mao-Lin Shen

Yu Feng Siew

Stefan Sobolowski

Harald Sodemann

Thomas Spengler

Hans Christian Steen-Larsen

Lingling Suo

Lea Svendsen

Amandine A. Tisserand

Thomas Toniazzo

Leonidas Tsopouridis

Yiguo Wang

Zhongshi Zhang