The department does research related to forests and climate. More specifically, the department develops competence on the role of forests in the climate system and the effect of climate changes on forests. Further, we focus on the role of forest management, both in climate change mitigation and adaptation contexts. The department has a responsibility to communicate this knowledge to private and public forest management, and to the general public as a foundation for the low emission society.
Department of Forest and Climate has a special responsibility to develop methods to quantify the effect of forestry and other land use on the climate system, working together with the Norwegian Environment Agency on the Norwegian national greenhouse gas inventory under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The Climate Centrer has the responsibility for the inventory of the LULUCF-sector (Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry), including developing and improving methods and models used to estimate emissions of greenhouse gases from forestry and other land-use.