The Fram Centre

The Fram Centre is the short name for FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment. 

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Jack Kohler, Norwegian Polar Institute checking instruments near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Photo: Max König, NPI.

Research database and list of publications: click here!


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.

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.

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The Fram Centre and Polaria. Photo: Ronald Johansen/iTromsø.



Fram Centre members




Research database


Flagship research programmes (Click in titles for projects in 2017)


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 addresses 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 the complete understanding of ocean acidification. This process will affect the productivity of ecosystems influencing ecosystem-based management and the exploitation of commercial resources, especially in the cold waters of the North, where the uptake of CO2 is substantial and expected to increase over time.

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.

Environmental impact of industrial development in the north (MIKON)

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:


2017: Projects in the Fram Centre 2017, pfd

2016: Projects in the Fram Centre 2016.pdf

2015Oversikt - prosjekter i flaggskipene 2015 - endelig.pdf

2014: Proesjekter flaggskip Framsenteret 2014.pdf

2013: Oversikt+-+prosjekter+i+flaggskipene+2013.pdf

2012: Oversikt+-+prosjekter+i+flaggskipene+2012.pdf

2011: Oversikt+-+prosjekter+i+flaggskipene+2011.pdf




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 Anne Husebekk, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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 Anita Evenset, Akvaplan-niva.

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 the 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 Manager of Framsenteret AS is Frode Kjersem.



Outreach channels from the Fram Centre  in the 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. 


Digital version: Read it here


Selected online articles from Fram Forum in english



General contact information:

FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment 



Postbox 6606 Langnes

NO - 9296 Tromsø

Telephone: +47 77 75 02 00