Earth System Science research that builds on an historical tradition

ROCS is a research Centre launched by the Carlsberg Foundation in collaboration with the Icelandic state and Rannís. In addition to pursuing scientific goals, its aim is to strengthen through partnerships the long-standing research collaboration between Denmark and Iceland. The Centre‘s interdisciplinary research provides cutting-edge understanding of entire ecosystems, how they have varied through tens of thousands of years in relation to climate change, and to understand human-biosphere interactions.

A virtual Centre

The Centre‘s roots lie at the University of Iceland and the University of Copenhagen, that host those employed directly by ROCS.


A Danish Icelandic research collaboration funded by Carlsberg Foundation, the Icelandic State and Rannís – The Icelandic Centre for Research.