Education

The Nansen Center contributes to education of Ph.D. and Master students in Earth sciences. This includes providing (external) supervision by its permanent research staff, research and working infrastructure, promoting international scientific exchange visits, as well as funding either through external project funds or internal financial sources. A University institution, primarily the University of Bergen, awards the formal degrees to the students at the Nansen Center. Here you find information on what University of Bergen can offer PhD candidates and on how to apply.

During the last 30 years the Center has been responsible for supervision and hosting of 51 Doctoral dissertations and 60 Master students, mainly graduated from the University of Bergen. Currently four Ph.D. candidates and no master students are supervised/employed at the Nansen Center.

Winter school 2010 at Cherai Beach in Kerala, India, hosted by NERCI in cooperation with NERSC.Winter school 2010 at Cherai Beach in Kerala, India, hosted by NERCI in cooperation with NERSC.

Within the Nansen Centers an extensive exchange of scientists, “post-docs” and Ph.D. candidates is fostering scientific cooperation and joint publications. A Nansen Fellowship program is providing a monthly stipend, external supervision from scientists at the Center and supporting research mobility for Ph.D. candidates offering three months visits per year at one of the other research centers in the Nansen Group or its cooperating partners.

The Nansen Center also organize and host thematic summer/winter schools at Ph.D. level. These schools, of typical one week duration, have been organized in Norway/Svalbard (2006, 2011, 2013, 2015), Russia (2009, 2014), China (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and India (2010, 2013, 2016), involving students and young scientist from many countries.

The Nansen Scientific Society is instrumental in funding training among students and young scientists, including the Nansen Centers summer schools for graduate students.

Current Ph.D. Candidates' Thesis

Author Title of Thesis Affiliation NERSC Supervisors
Soldal, I Detection and quantification of icebergs using Synthetic Aperture Radar and optical images Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Sandven, Stein,
Muckenhuber, S High resolution sea-ice motion from Synthetical Aperture Radar using pattern tracking and Doppler shift Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Sandven, Stein,
Shah, A Methodological development in Data Assimilation targeting new types of satellite sea ice observations with detection limit. University of Bergen, Deparment of Mathematics Bertino, L, Evensen, Geir,
Hope, G Underwater acoustics for tomography, communication and navigation in the Marginal Ice Zone and ice covered areas. Unversity of Bergen, Institute for Geoscience Sandven, Stein,, Sagen, Hanne,

Previous Ph.D. Candidates' Thesis

Author Title of Thesis Affiliation Supervisors Year
Wolf, T An Integrated Approach for Local Air Quality Assessment under Present and Future Climate Scenarios. University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Esau, I, Reuder, J 2016
Svendsen, L Impact of Atlantic multi-decadal variability on the Indo-Pacific and Northern Hemisphere climate University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Gao, Y, Keenlyside, N, Johannessen, OM 2016
Raanes, P Improvements to Ensemble Methods for Data Assimilation in the Geosciences Oxford University Research Archive Farmer, C, Moroz, I 2016
George, MS Modelling and observations of upwelling along the southwest coast of India and its intrusion into the Bay of Bengal, during summer monsoon. Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Johannessen, OM, Bertino, L 2015
Zygmuntowska, ME Arctic sea ice altimetry - advances and current uncertainties University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Sandven, S, Smedsrud, LH, Nilsen, F 2014
Sorokina, S Certain aspects of high-latitude climate variability University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute Kvamstø, NG, Johannessen, OM, Esau, I 2014
Raj, RP The circulation of the Norwegian Sea - An investigation from space and ocean University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Nilsen, JEØ, Eldevik, T, Furevik, T 2014
Langehaug, HR Circulation and transformation of Atlantic and Arctic water masses in climate models University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Eldevik, T, Otterå, OH, Rhines, PB, Drange, H 2011
Hansen, MW Sea Surface Range Doppler Retrievals from Synthetic Aperture Radar University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, JA, Kudryavtsev, V 2011
De la Rosa, S Temporal changes of sea ice affected by waves and thermal forcing University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute Maus, S, Haugan, PM, Smedsrud, LH, Johannessen, OM 2011
Milutinovic, S The Influence of Input Uncertainties on Remotely Sensed Estimates of Ocean Primary Productivity University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, T, Johannessen, JA, Heinze, C 2011
Nondal, G A study of the high and mid latitude biogeochemistry in the Atlantic Ocean: The influence of surface processes University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Haugan, PM, Bellerby, RGJ, Bertino, L, Assmann, KM, Johannessen, OM 2010
Chen, L Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Elevation Change and Influence of Atmospheric Teleconnections in the Northern Hemisphere Nansen-Zhu, Institute Of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy Of Science Johannessen, OM, Wang, CJ 2010
Sakova, IV Low-frequency modes of variability of the Indian Ocean and their connection with the Indian Ocean Dipole School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania Meyers, G, Coleman, R 2010
Keghouche, I Modeling the dynamics and drift of icebergs in the Barents Sea University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, OM, Bertino, L 2010
Backeberg, B Modelling the mesoscale variability in the greater Agulhas Current System using a Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town, South Africa Reason, CJC, Johannessen, JA, Bertino, L 2010
Geyer, F Overflow and topographically induced mixing on the Svalbard shelf University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Eldevik, T, Haugan, PM, Fer, I 2010
Seiler, A Reservoir structural model updating using the Ensemble Kalman Filter University of Bergen, Department of Mathematics Bertino, L, Evensen, G, Aanonsen, SI 2010
Steinskog, DJ Applications of extreme value theory in temperature records in Extra-tropical and Arctic regions University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Kvamstø, NG, Tjøstheim, D, Stephenson, DB 2008
Orre, S Circulation features in the northern North Atlantic Ocean inferred from simulated radioactive tracers University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Drange, H 2008
Counillon, F Ensemble-based data assimilation with an eddy-resolving model of the Gulf of Mexico University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Evensen, G, Bertino, L, Johannessen, OM 2008
Hansen, C Simulated primary production in the Norwegian Sea - Interannual variability and impact of mesoscale activity University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Drange, H, Aksnes, D, Bertino, L, Samuelsen, A 2008
Lisæter, KA A coupled ice - ocean data assimilation system for Arctic monitoring and prediction University of Bergen, Department of Mathematics Evensen, G, Berntsen, J 2007
Iovino, D On the Nordic Sea's Role in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Eldevik, T, Drange, H, Straneo, S 2007
Folkestad, A Satellite monitoring of algal blooms in Norwegian coastal waters University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Pettersson, LH, Johannessen, JA, Durand, D 2006
Marzeion, B The Influence of Vertical Mixing on the Stability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Drange, H, Eldevk, T 2006
Samuelsen, A Modeling the effect of eddies and advection on the lower trophic ecosystem in the northeastern tropical Pacific Florida State University, College of arts and sciences, Department of Oceanography, USA O´Brian, J 2005
Winther, N Towards a North Sea prediction system University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, JA, Bertino, L 2005
Babiker, M From tectonics to surface water : A hydrogeological, hydrological and tectonic reconnaissance in the Red Sea Hills, Sudan University of Bergen, GeoScience Nesje, A, Gudmundsson, A 2004
Nilsen, JEØ Aspects of the Atlantic Flow through the Norwegian Sea University of Bergen, Geophysical institute / G.C. Rieber Climate Institute, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center Barthel, K, Gammelsrød, T, Østerhus, S 2003
Gao, Y Evaluation of the Ocean Ventilation Processes in an Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean General Circulation Model University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Drange, H, Johannessen, OM 2003
Otterå, OH The sensitivity of the North Atlantic-Arctic climate system to isostatic elevation changes, freshwater and solar forcings University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Drange, H 2003
Bentsen, M Modelling Ocean Climate Variability of the North Atlantic and the Nordic Seas University of Bergen, Department of Mathematics Drange, H 2002
Lundhaug, M Sea Ice Studies in the Northern Sea Route by use of Synthetic Aperture Radar Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Dept.of Engeneering Esbensen, K, Johannessen, OM 2002
Eknes, M Studying data assimilation in terms of marine ecosystem models Universitetet i Bergen, Dept. of Mathematics Evensen, G 2002
Natvik, L-J A data assimilation system for a 3-dimensional biochemical model of the North Atlantic Universitetet i Bergen, Dept. of Mathematics Evensen, G 2001
Haugen, VJ An ocean modelling and data assimilation system for the Indian Ocean University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, OM, Evensen, G 2001
Furevik, BR Wind retrieval from ERS Synthetic Aperture Radar images - application in the marginal ice zone and in coastal regions University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, OM 2001
Durand, D Monitoring and simulation of water quality in coastal waters by modelling and remote sensing University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France 2000
Eldevik, T On spiral eddies in the ocean University of Bergen, Deparment of Mathematics 2000
Sandø, AB An isopycnic model of the Mediterranean Sea University of Bergen, Deparment of Mathematics Drange, H 1999
Bjørgo, E Use of high spatial resolution satellite sensor imagery in refugee relief operations University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute Johannessen, OM 1999
Sagen, H Ambient Noise in the Marginal Ice Zone University of Bergen, Deparment of Mathematics Johannessen, OM 1998
Espedal, H Detection of oil spill and natural film in the marine environment by spaceborne SAR Universitetet i Bergen, Dept. of Physics Johannessen, OM 1998
Lygre, K A Numerical Modelling Study of the Circulation of the North Antlantic and Arctic Oceans University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Johannessen, OM, Haugan, PM 1996
Simonsen, K Heatbudget and freshwater forcing in the Nordic Seas and the Arctic Ocean University of Bergen, Department of Geophysics Johannessen, OM 1996
Alendal, G Implementing and testing of different gravity current models with application to oceanic and man-made currents Universitetet i Bergen, Dept. of Mathematics Johannessen, OM, Drange, H, Haugan, PM 1996
Hamre, T Development of semantic spatio-temporal data models for integration of remote sensing and in situ data in a marine information system (MIS) Universitetet i Bergen, Dept. of Informatics Mughal, KA, Johannessen, OM 1995
Drange, H An isopycnic coordinate carbon cycle model for the North Atlantic and the possibility of disposing of fossil fuel CO2 in the ocean University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, OM 1994
Samuel, P Applications of satellite altimeter data for studies on the water exchange between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nordic Seas University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, OM 1993
Evensen, G Data Assimilation Using the Extended Kalman Filter with a Multilayer Quasi-Geostropic Ocean Model University of Bergen, Department of Mathematics Johannessen, OM 1992

Previous Master Candidates' Thesis

Author Title of Thesis Affiliation Supervisors Year
Menze, S Estimating fin whale distribution from ambient noise spectra using Bayesian inversion Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Schrum, C 2015
Andersen, CTL Implementing presentation in Web GIS application with emphasis on user experience Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2015
Sivertsen, KF Variability in the Geostrophic Flow of the Agulhas Current, an Investigation of Sea Surface Height Obtained from Altimetry Data Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Johannessen, JA 2015
Mossige Grønning, T Data Structure, Access and Presentation in Web GIS Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2013
Sveindal Weiss, AE Faceted Search in Environmental Data using a Semantic Search Framework Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2013
Pal, P Web-GIS portal for multi-source oceanographic data of Nordic Seas Bergen University College Velauthapillai, D, Hamre, T 2013
Robson, B A Remote Sensing Investigation into the evolution of Folgefonna Glacier over the last 150 years University of Bergen, Department of Geography Sandven, S, Bakke, J 2012
Bondevik, E Studies of Ice edge eddies using Synthetic Aperture Radar University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Johannessen, JA 2011
Haugen, SA Acoustic Tomography in the Fram Strait: - Predicted and measured travel times University of Bergen, Department of Physics Hobæk, HH, Sagen, H 2010
Duarte, KB An unpleasant truth about Norwegian newspapers coverage of the climate science/En ubehagelig sannhet om norsk klimadekning: Hvilke stemmer og holdninger blir representert i norsk pressedekning av klimaendringer? Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen Helland, K, Eide, E, Johannessen, OM 2010
Zangana, G Dynamical web-based visualization of ocean model data University of Bergen and Bergen University College Hamre, T, Bertino, L, Helgesen, C 2009
Kit, O Implementation of Web-mapping technologies for satellite monitoring and management of Barents and Kara seas University of Bergen, Geophysical institute Sandven, S, Hamre, T 2007
Antonijevic, V Peatlands in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina: Mapping multi-scaled landscapes and change detection 2007
Sónia, VCC Quality assessment of Satellite Image of Chlorophyll-a using in situ data in two Systems: the Skagerrak between Norway and Denmark and the Coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil University of Bergen, Geophysical institute, EC Erasmus Mundus Pettersson, LH 2007
Wåhlin, J Sea ice monitoring in the Arctic using satellite SAR images Luleå University of Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering and NERSC Sandven, S 2007
Bjordal, KKD Argo profiling floats in the Nordic Seas: Deep-water circulation, hydrography and comparisons to the TOPAZ model Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Gammelsrød, T, Johannessen, JA, Bertino, L 2006
Olsen, GEGE Elucidation of Two Different Sensitivity Experiments with the Bergen Climate Model Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Drange, H 2006
Backeberg, B Mesoscale variability study of the Agulhas Current from satellite radar altimetry and a high resolution model University of Cape Town, South Africa Johannessen, JA, Bertino, L 2006
Geyer, F Faroe Bank channel outflow dynamics of a deep water plume University of Bergen, Geophysical institute 2004
Bethke, I Simulated mass, heat and freshwater budgets of the Arctic Mediterranean University of Bergen, Geophysical institute 2004
Gangstø, RR Single CO2 drops in Seawater Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Haugan, PM, Drange, H 2004
Nondal, G The carbon dioxide system in the northern North Atlantic: an assessment of the optimal variable combination for Voluntary Observing Ships 2004
Marzeion, B The Influence of Marine Biology on Tropical Pacific Climate 2003
Bøe, A-GAG Rekonstruksjon av glasialgeologien i Nord-Rondane gjennom Weichsel 2002
Åsnes, MN DISCOT - Distributed Information System for Coastal, Ocean and Terrestrial Data Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2000
Skorpeide, J Representasjon av marine forskningsdata ved hjelp av SciML, en XML applikasjon Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2000
Pytte, E Utvikling av et system for analyse og presentasjon av isdata Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Hamre, T 2000
Otterå, OH 3-Dimensional Modelling of the Glacial Circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Nordic Seas and the Arctic Ocean 1999
Andersen, GL Change and variation in a hyper-arid cultural landscape: A methodological approach using remote sensing timeseries (Landsat MRR and TM, 1973-1996) from the wadi vegetation of the eastern desert of Egypt The University of Bergen 1999
Babiker, M Water Resources Assessment in Arid Land Using Remote Sensing, Sinkat District, Red Sea Hills, Sudan 1999
Weber, MM Comparison between chlorophyll data derived from space-born colour sensors and biomass fields of a 3-dimensional physical-biogeochemical model and the implications for primary production estimates of the North Atlantic 1998
Gao, Y Evolution of Water Masses in a Spin-Up Integration of an Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Global Circulation Model 1998
Christensen, A Faham Fi! Charcoal Production as part of urban - rural interaction in the Red Sea Hills, the Sudan 1998
Reinert, R The Extended Kalman Filter and Fishing Mortality Rates 1998
Natvik, L-J Using Data Assimilation and Gradient Methods with a Zero Dimensional Four Component Marine Ecosystem Model 1997
Salas, MYD A Dynamic Thermodynamic Sea Ice Model 1996
Jacob, AA Data Integration in an Ice Information System (IIS) 1996
Jensen, VE Monsoon circulation in the Indian Ocean using altimetry data Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Johannessen, OM, Evensen, G 1996
Hashemi, AM Application of SAFARI model forstudy of sound propagation in ice-covered ocean 1995
Kronstad, VM Gjenkjenning av indre bølger i SAR-bilder fra Norskekysten 1995
Furevik, BR Interne bølger i norske farvande observeret med ERS-1 SAR 1995
Elnan, Ø On the parallelisation of ice dynamics and kinematics applications on the Maspar computer Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Sandven, S 1995
Bjørgo, E Passive microwave remote sensing of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice 1978-1994 1995
Eknes, M Representer solutions of a generalised inverse for an Ekman flow model 1995
Fario, N Solving the weak constraint inverse for the Lorenz system using substitution methods 1995
Haugland, SO Analyse av Satelitt Ozondata på Nordkalotten 1994
Myrmehl, C Chlorophyll - a pigment distributions in Norwegian coastal water observed with optical remote sensing 1993
Kvalvik, B Ice drift in the western Barents Sea 1993
Kovacs, Z Microwave observations of sea ice with the scanning microwave multichannel radiometer mounted on the Nimbus 7 satellite 1993
Sandø, AB On the vertical structure of tidal waves 1992
Heese, B A Comparison of Toatal Ozone Data From Satellite and Ground-Based Observations at Northern Latitudes 1991
Hamre, T, Stette, M Utvikling av marint informasjon system Department of Informatics, University of Bergen Sandven, S 1991
Geiger, C An assessment of convective processes relevant to deep water formation in the Boreas Basin Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Sandven, S 1990
Samuel, P Application of Geosat Altimeter Data for Mesoscale Variability Studies in the Norwegian Sea 1990
Lygre, K Eddy-current interactions over a topographic slope 1990
Hjelmtveit, R Klassifikasjon av istyper på SAR bilder ved hjelp av standard statistiske mål og teksturmål Norges Tekninske Høgskole (NTH), Institutt for teleteknikk 1990
Karpuz, RM Seismotectonic study of the Sunnhordland District, Southwestern Norway - Based on remote sensing integrated geological and seismological data 1990
Skagseth, Ø Ship-borne scatterometer study during NORCSEX´88 1990
Moen, I Studie av det dynamiske samspillet mellom fjord- og kystvann 1989
Flesche, H Estimering av isbevegelser fra satellittbilder 1988