Norwegian Computing Center

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The Norwegian Computing Center (Norsk Regnesentral, NR) was established in 1958 as an independent research institute. Since then, NR has been a centre for advanced research and development within information technology and statistical-mathematical modelling. NR has Norway's largest research group within statistical-mathematical modelling and is heavily into earth observation as well as modelling of natural resources - like oil and gas reservoirs and hydroelectric power generation - and estimation of the population of whales and fish, forestry and agriculture. The Section for Earth Observation aims particularly at development of image analysis and classification methods. NR has long experience in development of algorithms for retrieval of cryospheric variables (related to snow and sea ice) and bio-physical parameters (related to forest and vegetation in general). NR has currently about 70 employees, including about 60 research scientists. Some research scientists have part-time professorships at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

NR will be the prime contractor of the project, and will contribute most signigicantly on project management, user requirement investigation, system design and work related to retrieval of snow variables.