Welcome to NORA Climate
The North Atlantic Climate Centre (aka NORA Climate Centre) emerged as an open-ended climate center to connect forefront players within and around the North Atlantic.
Our international Climate teams encompass the system in its broadest sense, across an interdisciplinary interface among frontier natural, social and technical sciences, whilst preserving an extraordinarily strong scientific and methodological core in climate system science, grounded on world-class mathematical physics, geophysical sciences and information technologies, classical and quantum.
Academic and Scientific Excellence
From an academic and scientific perspective, our centre provides multilevel education and outreach ranging from the very basics in support of public and private education institutions, to higher-education at university programs including graduate and doctoral schools. Ensuring profound and robust scientific understanding and literacy enables our trainees, students and professionals to command rigorous comprehensive knowledge of the manifold science underneath Climate Dynamics and Predictability.
The skills acquired at our Centre through education, research, outreach or consultancy empower professionals, decision makers and the overall society with unrivalled skills to take action in pursuing cutting-edge development and unrivalled services across multiple sectors.
Sustainability and Prosperity
From fundamental research to cutting-edge development and life-saving decision support systems, our Centre is here to provide a solid, reliable partner to every institution entrusted with nurturing and protecting the society and the environment, in a physically consistent, ethically mindful, socially just, and ecologically and economically fruitful manner.
Here, we do not limit ourselves to sustainability. We work towards prosperity. Prosperity for the earth system, which entails concessions from everybody, for the benefit of all. In systems engineering, this is a multivariate optimisation problem. In the real world, this is about a sensible and constructive coevolution between humans and nature.
Refocusing on the Climate Core
NORA Climate is a robust key climate node in any Earth system consortium or alliance, without the dilution and over dispersing typically felt in geophysical, ecological or other environmental institutions. That is, we are not a side-dish climate group depending on third-party interests, but a whole hearted Climate Center. We make our own destiny.
As a clear and independent international voice in Climate, we then connect to local centres in their respective areas, so that in a consortium we have a network of the best.
Predicting the ‘unpredictable’
Our models capture, predict and explain not only the traditional mean flows and variability, but the entire distribution including elusive extreme events – grounded not on the traditional models (which fail to properly capture extreme events in their full breadth) but on our groundbreaking advances in fundamental physics and complex system dynamics, which bring to the light of seamless prediction what used to be deemed unpredictable.
In doing so, we provide understanding the core fundamental mechanisms and interplays, capture early warning signs, predict the nonlinear dynamics of regimes, transitions and extremes, including those with unprecedented dynamic features elusive to the traditional state-of-the-art prediction systems.
Our partners and clients are not caught by surprise when disaster strikes. They obtain exclusive in-depth analytics, prognostics and decision support from our unrivalled prediction services. And with that, those who rely in us fulfil the most important mission of all: save lives and secure their livelihoods.
Climate without borders
Unlike existing national and regional counterparts, this is not a structure nested inside a university or a country. It is meant to operate across borders and barriers, enabling cross-fertilization and access to opportunities across the Atlantic, as a coherent structure.
The open-ended structure, with a well-crafted statutory framework, entails the possibility that other institutions such as universities, institutes, agencies, companies and other organizations join the centre as collaborating, participating institutions, partners or stakeholders, depending on the level of involvement intended.