NIERSC is a non-profit organization that was established in 1992 and successfully developed under the leadership of director Dr. Leonid Bobylev. NIERSC has about 25 employees and includes three research groups (i) Climate Variability and Change in High Northern Latitude, (ii) Aquatic Ecosystems in Response to Global Change, and (iii) Applied Meteorological and Oceanographic Research for Industrial Activities. It conducts interdisciplinary research and development with a focus on data analysis, remote sensing, and numerical modelling to study climate and environmental changes in the high and middle northern latitudes.
NIERSC has implemented dozens of studies and projects funded by the European Union, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Ministry of Science, the Russian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, and other national and international government agencies and industrial enterprises. In 2005, NIERSC was awarded the prestigious EU Descartes Prize for the project «Climate and Environmental Changes in the Arctic – CECA».
For more than 25 years of its activity, NIERSC published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals, 15 books, and more than 400 scientific reports; supported for the defense of 25 Ph.D. theses under the Nansen Fellowship Program.