The Fram Centre
The Fram Centre is the short name for FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment.
The Fram Centre and Polaria. Photo: Ronald Johansen/iTromsø.
The Fram Centre is based in Tromsø, and consists of scientists from 21 institutions involved in interdisciplinary research and outreach in the fields of natural science, technology and social sciences.
Fram Centre members:
- CICERO Centre for International Climate Environmental Research Oslo
- Institute of Marine Research
- National Coastal Administration
- National Veterinary Institute
- NGU - The Geological Survey of Norway
- NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research
- NINA - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
- NIKU - Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
- Nofima - The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research
- NORUT - Northern Research Institute
- Norwegian Meteorological Institute
- Norwegian Polar Institute
- Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute
- Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
- Norwegian Institute for Water Research
- Norwegian Mapping Authority
- Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority
- Norwegian University og Life Sciences
- SINTEF Group
- UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard
- University of Tromsø
- Associated member: Polaria.
We contribute to Norway’s sound management of the environment and natural resources in the north – and we aim at excellence in said management. With scientific research as our foundation, we communicate knowledge to management authorities, the business communities and the general public.
The centre contributes to strengthening the connection between research and education. The Fram Centre is an important arena nationally as well as internationally, and contributes with inputs on climate-related issues.
Organisation of the centre
The Committee of institutional directors is the Fram Centre’s chief co-operative body and consists of the heads of the member institutions that make up the Fram Centre as well as the chair of the board of Framsenteret AS and the head of the Fram Centre’s research heads’ group.
The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and other ministries which are members of the Ministerial steering committee for the Fram Centre, attend the Committee of institutional directors as observers. The chair is Jan-Gunnar Winther (Norwegian Polar Institute).
The research heads’ group is the Fram Centre’s chief co-operative body for heads of research. The group consists of one appointed representative from each of the 20 member institutions that wish to participate, and the heads of the Flagship research programmes. The chair of the research heads’ group is Sidsel Grønvik (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research).
The company Framsenteret AS is owned by the Fram Centre’s member institutions. Framsenteret AS acts as the secretariat for the Committee of institutional directors, and assists the chair of the Committee of institutional directors to prepare business for and to conduct the committee.
Framsenteret AS is responsible for co-ordinating research and outreach in the Fram Centre in co-operation with the Committee of institutional directors, the research heads’ group and the Flagship research programmes.
Framsenteret AS is also responsible for operating the collective services in the Fram Centre itself. The General Manager of Framsenteret AS is Are Johnsen.
Flagship research programmes
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and agreements
Melting of sea ice in the Arctic greatly impacts the global climate. This flagship focuses on social and management challenges to fisheries, shipping and petroleum-related activities. New challenges and technological solutions pertaining to rescue and oil spill response are addressed.
Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north
Research in this programme address the multiple ways climate change impacts the physical conditions of fjords and coasts and how, in turn, habitats and food supply are affected.
Ocean acidification and ecosystems effects in Northern waters
This flagship programme contributes to a more complete understanding of ocean acidification. This process will affect the productivity of ecosystems, impacting ecosystem-based management and the exploitation of commercial resources, especially in the cold waters of the North, where the uptake of CO2 is substantial.
Effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, landscapes, society and indigenous peoples.
Changes in Northern terrestrial ecosystems are highly relevant to society, in particular for agriculture, forestry, reindeer herding and nature-based industries, species and area conservation, tourism and recreation. Issues related to climate adaptation in the North, as well the significance of climate change for Sámi culture and settlement are included this flagship.
Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health
Climate change reinforces the importance of filling the gaps in our understanding of the distribution of pollutants in the Arctic and their effects on ecosystems and human health. This flagship programme also addresses the need for this knowledge to be incorporated in international agreements and processes.
MIKON’s objective is to do research that will strengthen the knowledge base used by the authorities in efforts to limit the “footprint” of industrial activity in the High North, and ensure that new industrial activity takes place within a responsible environmental framework. The research within the MIKON programme will take into consideration both existing business activities and visions/expectations of future developments.
Research projects in the Fram Centre flagships:
For further information about the flagships, please contact:
Jo Jorem Aarseth
Other outreach channels from the Fram Centre in English language:
Journal: FRAM Forum
The Fram Forum is published once a year and aim to inform the general public about the wide range of activities that take place within the Fram Centre.
You can order a free copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are free to download e copy here:
FRAM FORUM 2014: Framforum-2014-web.pdf
FRAM FORUM 2013: fram-annual2013-web.pdf
FRAM FORUM 2012: FRAM+FORUM+2012.pdf
Explore Polar research. High North research brought to your screen. See uniqe footage and interwievs with the resarchers on framshorts.com
ScienceNordic brings articles in English from the Fram Centre
FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment
NO - 9296 Tromsø
Telephone: +47 77 75 02 00