Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. With increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, climate changes will play an increasing role for society in the future. The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is a joint climate research venture between the University of Bergen (UoB), the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC). The BCCR integrates observationalists and modellers in a concerted interdisciplinary research effort with the ambition to be a world-class centre on studies of high-latitude climate change. The BCCR is the largest climate research group in Norway and the ambition is to become a leading international centre for climate research and to be the principal provider of high quality knowledge on climate change for the Norwegian public and decision makers.