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iC3: Centre for ice, Cryosphere, Carbon and Climate

iC3: Centre for ice, Cryosphere, Carbon and Climate

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Funded by the Norwegian Research Council through it’s Centres of Excellence funding scheme, iC3, officially started on the 1st July, 2023. The Centre is led and hosted by the Department of Geosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and is partnered with The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and NORCE.

Our goal

iC3 will carry out an unprecedented research endeavour spanning both the Arctic and Antarctic to fill a major research gap in polar science by quantifying the future impact of ice sheet change on Earth’s carbon cycle and polar marine ecosystems over policy-relevant timescales.

To achieve this, iC3’s team will work across disciplines and unite complementary world-leading expertise with a wide network of international collaborators and our three partners: UiT, NPI, and NORCE.


iC3’s integrated, interdisciplinary hub of experts studying the cryosphere, oceans, atmosphere and geosphere, will work together to address the hypothesis that changing ice sheets profoundly impact the Earth’s carbon cycle.

The Centre is organized into 5 Research Units (RUs), which traverse ice-to-ocean domains at both poles, and two Impact Themes (iTs) dedicated to innovation, technology and training future leaders.

NORCE - RU5: Global carbon futures

NORCE contributes to Research Unit 5 "Global Carbon Futures". We will further develop the Norwegian Earth System model NorESM, to include a fully coupled Antarctic Ice Sheet. This will mean a lot of technical development work.The model will be used to assess what the impact of ice sheet changes is on the global climate and carbon cycle.

iC3 Directors

Professor Jemma Wadham
Director of iC3 & RU5 Lead

Associate Professor Monica Winsborrow
Assistant Director of iC3 & iT2 Assistant Lead

iC3 Research Unit (RU) and Impact Themes (iT) leaders

RU1: Sub-ice carbon stores
Lead: Alun Hubbard - Assistant Lead: Henry Patton

RU2: Landward carbon fate
Lead: Guillaume Lamarche-Gagnon - Assistant Leads: Jon Hawkings

RU3: Marine ecosystem feedbacks
Lead: Philipp Assmy - Assistant Lead: Sebastien Moreau

RU4: Past analogues of warm climates
Lead: Jochen Knies - Assistant Leads: Andreia Plaza Faverola & Mohamed Ezat

RU5: Global carbon futures
Lead: Jemma Wadham - Assistant Leads: Pedro Duarte & Petra Langebroek

iT1: Innovation and Technologies
Lead: Stefan Bünz - Assistant Lead: Tore Hattermann

iT2: Training the next generation
Lead: Anders Schomacker - Assistant Lead: Monica Winsborrow


Petra Langebroek

Research Director Earth Systems - Bergen

+47 56 10 75 32

Michele Petrini

Senior Researcher - Bergen


Heiko Goelzer

Research Professor - Bergen

+47 56 10 75 19

Project facts


iC3: Centre for ice, Cryosphere, Carbon and Climate



28.02.24 - 28.02.24



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Research areas

Research group


UiT the Arctic University of Norway


NORCE, Norwegian Polar Institute

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