CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

Norway's leading institute for climate research

Recent news

Time and Sustainability: What are we missing and what do we need to do?

How do we time our actions in a way that minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with climate change and environmental issues? What role can the Sustainable Development Goals play in this?

Sensible heat has significantly affected the global hydrological cycle over the historical period

Multiple lines of evidence indicate widespread changes to the global water cycle since 1950. Here we show, using a range of climate modelling results, that changes in sensible heat are the dominant contributor to the present global-mean precipitation change since preindustrial time.

Global collective effort

We have a big challenge ahead of us if we are to hold global warming to under 2°C. This is largely because we have already used up most of our collective 'carbon budget'.

Half of flooding damage left uninsured

Flooding events are hitting many parts of the world, causing big infrastructure damage. But flooding can also have large indirect costs for the global economy. In a new report, CICERO analyses the total costs of four flooding events. An increasing share of costs are left uninsured, the authors warn.

Keeping the reservoirs full

In a low carbon future, more of Europe’s electricity will have to be fuelled by the weather. Frequent and accurate forecasting is key to optimizing production of renewable energy.

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Recent publications

The creation of an ecovillage: Negotiating boundaries and identities in a Norwegian sustainable valley

Hege Westskog, Tanja Winther, Marianne Aasen

Manmade changes in Cirrus clouds from 1984 to 2007: A preliminary study

Kostas Eleftheratos, Gunnar Myhre, Patrick Minnis, Ioannis Kapsomenakis, Christos Zerefos

‘Like having an electric car on the roof.’ Domesticating PV solar panels in Norway

Tanja Winther, Hege Westskog, Hanne Sæle

Climate Leadership by Conditional Commitments

Leif Helland, Jon Hovi, Håkon Sælen

Climate extremes, land-climate feedbacks and land-use forcing at 1.5°C

Sonia I. Seneviratne, Richard Wartenburger, Benoit Guillod, Annette Hirsch, Martha Vogel, Victor Brovkin, Detlef P. van Vuuren, Nathalie Schaller, Lena Boysen, Katherine V. Calvin, Jonathan Doelman, Peter Greve, Petr Havlik, Florian Humpenoeder, Tomas Krisztin, Daniel Mitchell, Alexander Popp, Keywan Riahi, Joeri Rogelj, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Jana Sillmann, Elke Stehfest