Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu




Department of Earth Science Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

Research groups


Climate dynamics, paleoclimate, and climate modelling.

Interdisciplinary research in Earth Sciences focused on understanding the dynamics of climate change on a wide range of timescales, including tectonic, orbital and millennial, by using a hierarchy of climate and ice sheet models combined with marine and terrestrial proxy data. 

ResearchGate profile


For an example see the recent Al Jazeera docmentary for one of my field courses:


For updates see blogg:

Teaching science of climate, weather and glaciology in the field to school children and the general public:

A few media highlights:


Causes and Consequences of Climate Change

Interdisplinary course answering to UNs Sustinable Development Goal SDG-13 on Climate Action.


Causes of Climate Change

Online course offereded through Future Learn first offerede 21st of September 2015


Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses

A yearly summer school offered to advanced PhD candidates and early career scientists focusing on current topics relating to climate dynamics and interdisciplinary research within paleoclimate.

ACDC2022 joint with GRISO: "Past and Future Climate of Greenland"

ACDC2020 + ACDC2021: cancelled due to covid, instead we offerered the "One Ocean Field Course" onboard Statsraad Lehmkhul

ACDC2019: "The Anthropocene"

ACDC2018: "Hemispheric Asymmetry in Climate"

ACDC2014: "The Dynamics of the Greenland Ice sheet", Arctic Station, Disko Island, West Greenland

ACDC2013: "The Dynamics of the last Deglaciation", Nyksund, Vesterålen, northern Norway.

ACDC2012: "Landscapes and Climate", Snøheim, Dovre, Norway.

ACDC2011: "Dynamics of Past Warm Climates", Friday Harbor, Washington State, USA.

ACDC2010: "Ice-Ocean Interactions", MIT FabLab, Lyngen, northern Norway.

ACDC2009: "Understanding the basic state, variability, forcing and stability of the Ocean overturning circulation in the past, present and future", Espegrend Marine Research Station, Bergen, Norway.

The summer schools are supported by SiU and ResClim.


See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

(Follow link to Cristin for a complete list, or check Google Scholar)

Dokken, Trond Martin; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Li, Camille; Battisti, David Stephen; Kissel, Catherine
Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles: Interactions between ocean and sea ice intrinsic to the Nordic seas. Paleoceanography 2013 ;Volum 28.(3) s. 491-502

Zhang, Zhongshi; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Ninnemann, Ulysses S
Increased ventilation of Antarctic deep water during the warm mid-Pliocene. Nature Communications 2013 ;Volum 4.

Bethke, Ingo; Li, Camille; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes
Can we use ice sheet reconstructions to constrain meltwater for deglacial simulations?. Paleoceanography 2012 ;Volum 27.

Born, Andreas; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes
Melting of Northern Greenland during the last interglaciation. The Cryosphere 2012 ;Volum 6.(6) s. 1239-1250

Born, Andreas; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Risebrobakken, Bjørg
Late Eemian warming in the Nordic Seas as seen in proxy data and climate models. Paleoceanography 2011 ;Volum 26

Pausata, Francesco S. Rocco; Battisti, David Stephen; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Bitz, Cecilia M.
Chinese stalagmite δ18O controlled by changes in the Indian monsoon during a simulated Heinrich event. Nature Geoscience 2011 ;Volum 4.(7) s. 474-480.

Born, Andreas; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Braconnot, Pascale
Sea ice induced changes in ocean circulation during the Eemian. Climate Dynamics 2010 ;Volum 35.(7-8) s. 1361-1371

Raymo, M.E.; Lisiecki, LE; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes
Plio-pleistocene ice volume, Antarctic climate, and the global delta O-18 record. Science 2006 ;Volum 313. s. 492-495

Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Raymo, Maureen E.; Stone, Peter H.. 
Reorganization of Miocene deep water circulation in response to the shoaling of the Central American Seaway. Paleoceanography 2003 ;Volum 18.(1)

Raymo, M. E.; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes
The 41 kyr world: Milankovitch’s other unsolved mystery. Paleoceanography 2003 ;Volum 18.(1)


ClimateNarratives - Multi disciplinary research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2022-2026

ice2ice - ERC Synergy grant on "Arctic Sea Ice and Greenland Ice Sheet Sensitivity" 2014-2019

EISCLIM – Eurasian Ice Sheet and Climate interactions: Reconstructing and modelling the climate and ice sheet evolution of the last glacial cycle (NFR POLARPROG 2014-2017)

ClimVoTe – Coupled climate, volcanism, and ocean tectonics in deep time (NFR ISP-GEOFAG 2015-2020)

SiU - Partnership Program with North America 2012-2016

turspor - communication the science of climate, weather and glaciology (SparebankstiftelsenDnB)

DYNAWARM - Dynamics of past warm climates

Past4Future - Climate change – Learning from the past climate

NICE - Network for Ice sheet and Climate evolution 2007-2010

ARECTREC - Arctic records of climate change - dynamics, feedbacks and processes 2007-2011