The Oeschger Centre's position in the broad field of climate sciences is very clear. The main scientific focus is on the climate system and its interactions with society and the economy and, thus, contributes to the “Sustainability Focus” of the University of Bern. The research is comprised of four closely linked core areas:
The main emphasis includes:
On the one hand, the Oeschger Centre uses models of different kinds and complexity, and on the other hand, measurements or proxy-based reconstructions on important climate variables (including natural and anthropogenic forcing) are performed.
The main avenues of research also appear in the curriculum of the Graduate School of Climate Sciences of the University of Bern.