Data Center Description
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) is an independent non-profit environmental research institute affiliated with the University of Bergen, Norway. The institute was founded in 1987 by scientists from the maritime remote sensing group of the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen.
The major goal of NERSC is to perform multi-disciplinary research with emphasis on remote sensing and numerical modelling of both the marine and terrestrial environment. Scientists at NERSC are engaged in a wide range of studies in the fields of sea ice, physical and biological oceanography, coastal management, climatology, meteorology, marine geodesy, geology and botany. International collaboration is essential and has been established through scientific cooperation and field campaigns. The core staff of NERSC have had the major role in the planning and execution of the Marginal Ice Zone Experiments (MIZEX in 1983, '84, '87), which took place in the marginal ice zone in the Greenland and Barents Seas.
For ERS-1 sensor validation and applications, NERSC is running two major ESA approved projects - the Norwegian Continental Shelf Experiment (NORCSEX) and the Seasonal Ice Zone Experiment (SIZEX). Pre-launch campaigns have been executed in 1988 for NORCSEX and in 1989 for SIZEX, and post-launch campaigns are scheduled for 1991 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and in the Barents and Greenland Seas in 1992, respectively.
NERSC staff are principal investigators on the NIMBUS-7 SMMR team, ERS-1, Topex/Poseidon and EOS satellite projects and in the remote sensing and modelling part of the European Imaging Spectroscopy Airborne Campaign (EISAC'89), the Nordic contribution to World Ocean Circulation Experiment (Nordic WOCE), European Program on Climatology and Natural Hazards (EPOCH)- 'Climate of the 21st Century' and International Space Year '92.
Remote sensing for land applications are an expanding field at the institute. Studies in the fields of geodesy, geology, and botany with applications in European areas as well as developing countries have been performed.
NERSC is responsible for the teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses in remote sensing at the University of Bergen. The institute also prepares short courses in remote sensing applications and techniques. In November 1990, NERSC had 15 full time scientists, 3 associate professors (at the University of Bergen), 5 students pursuing doctoral research projects, 10 graduate students and 4 administrative staff.
System Contact: -------------- Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) Edvard Griegsvei 3a N-5037 Solheimsvik - Bergen NORWAY. Telephone: +47 5 297 288 Facsimile: +47 5 200 050 Telemail: O.JOHANNESSEN/OMNET Ordering / Price Policy: ----------------------- The data from the campaigns conducted by NERSC consist of both space (NOAA AVHRR, SMMR, SSM/I, Geosat, Seasat, SPOT and Landsat) and airborne (Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and spectrometer) remote sensing data, as well as extensive microwave and physical, chemical and biological field measurements and observations. As a research institute NERSC has not established a dedicated data distribution service and agreements for the supply of data are made upon request.