Polar and Environmental Research

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OSITAC WITS: Copernicus OSITAC Wind, Sea Ice and Temperature at the Sea Surface Service

WITS will provide operational (Level 3 and 4) observational multi-mission data products derived from upstream satellite earth observation (L2) data. These data products include important sea surface temperature (SST), sea ice and wind variables.

The Ocean and Sea Ice Thematic Assembly Centre (OSI TAC) as an integrated part of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMS) is operated by a consortium comprised of the partners that successfully delivered the OSI TAC service in the MyOcean, MyOcean2 and MyOceanFollow-On projects. The partnership has world-leading expertise in delivering operational services for the marine users, as well as in the associated product and system development.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Mercator Océan - Copernicus Marine Services
Coordinating Institute: 
Norwegian Meteorological Insitute
Project Status: 
Completed

NMDC: Norwegian Marine Data Centre

16 Norwegian institutions are establishing a research infrastructure NMDC that will provide seamless access to marine data, greatly increase the efficiency of marine science in Norway and facilitate the generation of high quality research.

NMDC infrastructure aims to fill the lack of an integrated sys-tem for exchange of marine data in Norway between institutions, hampering operational, efficient and cutting edge marine science. The infrastructure will give a general overview of and access to available datasets, by using common data formats, modern technical infrastructure for data sharing, and the ab-sence of inter-institutional agreements.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Torill Hamre
Coordinating Institute: 
IMR
Project Status: 
Ongoing

EVA: Earth system modelling of climate Variations in the Anthropocene

Developement of the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM)

The term Anthropocene denotes the on-going time period since the beginning of the industrialisation. Human actions have changed the Earth’s climate and environment during this period. 

How can the changes up to now be quantified and how to prepare for the future? 

Earth system models (ESMs) are key tools to answer this question. They are climate models which next to physics also take into account chemical, biological, and ecosystem processes. 

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Centre for Climate Dynamics - Research Council of Norway
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Yongqi Gao
Coordinating Institute: 
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
Project Status: 
Completed

Master thesis on sounds from mammals in the oceans

Nansen Center student Sebastian Menze passed his Master exam at University of Bergen with excellent marks on a thesis within passive marine acoustics. Monitoring of passive acoustic sounds is increasingly used to study the distribution and migration of marine mammals in the oceans.

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