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ClimateNarratives is an interdisciplinary research project in the climate sciences focusing on identifying risks, vulnerability, innovation and adaption possibilities for indigenous communities living along the coast of Greenland and on low-lying islands of the Pacific. Both of these communities live close to nature and to the ocean, and are facing new challenges and opportunities due to climate change: As the glaciers and the sea ice along the coast of Greenland retreats, new land is appearing and the fjords are opening; meanwhile, on low-lying island states of the Pacific, land is disappearing as the ice melts, and the communities are at an ever increasing risk of storm surges and floods.

What is novel with the ClimateNarratives project is the combination of climate science, social science and art together with local indigenous knowledge and narratives across cultures and generations in the search to identify challenges and possibilities in the face of current and as well as future climate changes.


Siri Veland

Senior Researcher - Bergen

+47 56 10 76 41

Project facts






01.11.21 - 31.12.26



Total budget

120.000 NOK

Research group


Universitetet i Bergen

Project members

Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu
Skade Marie Henriksen Svennevig
Eamon O'Kane
Matthew Alexander Stiller-Reeve
Ragnhild Freng Dale
Natalya Gomez
Fiammetta Straneo
Camilla Snowman Andresen
Øystein Varpe
Lars Henrik Smedsrud


Universitetet i Bergen, Vestlandsforsking, NORCE
Mid-Pliocene El Niño/Southern Oscillation suppressed by Pacific intertropical convergence zone shift – Pontes, Gabriel M.; Taschetto, Andréa S.; Sen Gupta, Alex; Santoso, Agus; Wainer, Ilana; Haywood, Alan M.; Chan, Wing-Le; Abe-Ouchi, Ayako; Stepanek, Christian; Lohmann, Gerrit; Hunter, Stephen J.; Tindall, Julia C.; Chandler, Mark A.; Sohl, Linda E.; Peltier, W. Richard; Chandan, Deepak; Kamae, Youichi; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Zhang, Zhongshi; Contoux, Camille; Tan, Ning; Zhang, Qiong; Otto-Bliesner, Bette L.; Brady, Esther C.; Feng, Ran; von der Heydt, Anna S.; Baatsen, Michiel L. J.; Oldeman, Arthur M.. 2022, Nature Geoscience. UdSP, UNSW, CSIRO, UoL, UTOKYO, AWI, CUitCoNY, UOT, TSUKUBA, NORCE, UP-SACLAY, CAS, SU, NCAR, UoC, UU.
Dansgaard-Oeschger and Heinrich event temperature anomalies in the North Atlantic set by sea ice, frontal position and thermocline structure – Pedro, J.B.; Andersson, Carin; Vettoretti, G.; Voelker, A.H.L.; Waelbroeck, C.; Dokken, Trond Martin; Jensen, Mari Fjalstad; Rasmussen, S.O.; Sessford, Evangeline; Jochum, M.; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes. 2022, Quaternary Science Reviews. KU, UTAS, AAD, NORCE, UdA, IPMA, SORBONNE, UIB, UIO.
Export of ice sheet meltwater from Upernavik fjord, West Greenland – Muilwijk, Morven; Straneo, Fiammetta; Slater, Donald A.; Smedsrud, Lars Henrik; Holte, James; Wood, Michael; Andresen, Camilla S.; Harden, Ben. 2022, Journal of Physical Oceanography. UIB, UCSD, SCRIPPSOCE, TUOE, UNIVSTANDR, CIoT, JPL, GEUS, USA.
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