Research Area

Ecosystems and Bioresources

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We address the preservation of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and climate regulation, under rising societal demands for bioenergy, food, and biomaterials.

Projects and Centres

Bio4Fuels FME

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  • Funded by: Research Council of Norway
  • Project timeframe: January 2017 - December 2024

The Bio4Fuels Research Centre ("Forskningssenter for Miljøvennlig Energi", FME) aims to develop solutions for production of sustainable biofuels in Norway that are relevant for the commercial conversion of biomass feedstocks to biofuels and other products.

Contact: Professor Francesco Cherubini

CenBio FME

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  • Project: BioEnergy Innovation Centre (Forskningssenter for Miljøvennlig Energi FME)
  • Funded by: Research Council Norway
  • Project timeframe: October 2009 - February 2017

The mission of this Research Centre was to enable a sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy industry in Norway. The Centre completed its 8 year mandate in February 2017.

Contact: Professor Francesco Cherubini

Bio 4 Clim

  • Project title: Comparative climate impact assessment of the forest based bio-economies of Norway, Sweden and Finland
  • Funded by: Research Council Norway
  • Project timeframe: August 2015 - June 2019

Limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C will require major contributions from terrestrial ecosystems, including Scandinavian boreal forest. In this project, we seek to understand regional differences in historical forest management in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and the corresponding different implications for the climate system. Our aim is to discern and better understand land/climate interactions to derive more effective, cross-sectoral climate change mitigation policies based on forest management.

Contact: Professor Francesco Cherubini

Footprints 2.0

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  • Funded by: Research Council Norway
  • Project timeframe: June 2016 - September 2019

The Footprints 2.0 research project aims to build links between environmental science and economics. We are developing data and software interfaces to connect environmental earth observation data with supply chain and econometric models.

Contact: Associate Professor Francesca Verones


  • Project title: Quantifying climate Impacts of Future Forest management strategies in Norway
  • Funded by: Research Council Norway
  • Project timeframe: June 2016 - May 2020

Understanding the site-specific conditions and vegetation characteristics of forests in Norway and their response to management is essential for better predicting the regional and global climate implications. Using high resolution modelling and a broad variety of dataset, this project will provide a quantifiable, holistic understanding of the climate impacts of different future forest management options in Norway.

Contact: Professor Francesco Cherubini


  • Project: Developing a Life Cycle Impact Assessment framework for biodiversity impacts
  • Funded by: Research Council Norway
  • Project timeframe: April 2015 - January 2019

Working in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), we are developing robust methods for assessing adverse environmental impacts on biodiversity from onshore wind power production and hydropower production.

Contact: Associate Professor Francesca Verones