CCR focuses on the ecology and evolution of the biota in the marine coastal zone within a broad societal context.


The Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) is an international and interdisciplinary academic institution hosted by the University of Agder (UiA). Within Norway, CCR collaborates with the University of Oslo, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) and the regional county and its municipalities. The overall goal of CCR is to represent a platform for:
  1. strengthening the quality of education at UiA and;
  2. performing basic curiosity-driven science on marine biology in Coastal Skagerrak, also to support priorities within the collaborating institutions.

The scientific focus within this synergistic approach is largely on the ecology and evolution of the biota in the marine coastal zone, also encompassing a broader socio-ecological context.


Foto: Martin Wiech


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The Research group at CCR gathered for mutual update

The CCR team (from left): Øivind Berg (SSR), Kotaro Ono (UiO), Øyvind Kaste (NIVA), Tormod Haraldstad (NIVA/UiA), Marte Sodeland (UiA/IMR), Dag Olav Andersen (UiA), Nils Christian Stenseth (UiO), Paul Berg (UiO), Katinka Bleeker (UiA/IMR), [...]


Dr. Halvor Knutsen
Dr. Halvor Knutsen Head of CCR
Phone: +47 37059050
Fax: +47 37059001
Mob: +47 924 09 667
Dr. Esben Moland Olsen
Dr. Esben Moland Olsen
Phone: +47 37059029
Fax: +47 37059001
Dag Olav Andersen
Dag Olav AndersenHead of Department UiA
Phone: +47 38141064