Research Council activities relating to climate

Society must be transformed to deal with climate-related challenges. Climate research is to generate an understanding of natural variability and human influence on the climate system, the impacts of climate change on nature and society, climate change adaptation, and instruments, technology and measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 


was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

697million NOK

The Project Databank provides statistics and information about the projects funded by the Research Council within this thematic area. 

Key programmes for this thematic area

Activities under the Research Council’s programmes extend across multiple thematic areas. The programmes listed here are the largest contributors of funding for this thematic area.

  • natural and anthropogenic climate change 
  • impacts of climate change on nature and society 
  • transition to a low-emission society and adaptation to climate change 

Infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research. 

  • electronic infrastructure (e-infrastructure) 
  • scientific databases  
  • scientific collections 
  • scientific equipment 
  • large-scale research facilities, laboratories 
  • scientific quality at the forefront of international research 
  • boldness in scientific thinking and innovation 
  • careers for young research talents  

The ENERGIX programme seeks to facilitate the transition to a low-emission society and promote a competitive Norwegian business sector. 

  • achieve sustainable utilisation and efficient consumption of Norway’s renewable energy resources 
  • reduce Norwegian and global emissions of greenhouse gases 
  • enhance Norway’s security of supply 
  • strengthen innovation in Norwegian trade and industry and the public sector 
  • further develop Norwegian research and educational institutions 
  • climate and the environment: processes that drive climate and environmental change in the polar regions, and their impacts on the natural environment and society 
  • natural resources and industrial activity: sustainable industrial and social development 
  • policy and management: geopolitical, international law-related and institutional conditions  
  • marine ecosystems 
  • pollution and other effects on ecosystems 
  • sustainable harvesting and value creation  
  • management and societal perspectives