NERSC News Archive

In memory of legendary Walter Munk

Walter Munk passed away 8th of February at the age of 101. The Legendary Scripps oceanographer defined a field of science, transformed understanding of nature, helped nurture a university into existence, and became a living synonym for oceanography.

Walter Munk: (October 19, 1917 – February 8, 2019)Walter Munk: (October 19, 1917 – February 8, 2019)

Paper: Spatial structure and temporal variability of a surface urban heat island in cold continental climate

Authors: Victoria Miles and Igor Esau at the Nansen CenterAuthors: Victoria Miles and Igor Esau at the Nansen CenterWarm urban climate anomalies are a challenging problem for city’s economy and ecology. This problem is even more pressing in boreal environment with its sensitive ecosystems and considerable anthropogenic urban heat flux. The boreal regions of Eurasia witness both rapid urbanization and accelerated regional warming in the twenty-first century. Still, local climate of boreal cities is only fragmentary studied.

The climatology of the atmospheric boundary layer

Richard Davy: Researcher at the Nansen CenterRichard Davy: Researcher at the Nansen CenterThe new paper from Richard Davy “The climatology of the atmospheric boundary layer in contemporary global climate models” out now in Journal of Climate is the first to quantify the climatology of the atmospheric boundary layer in the full ensemble of climate models in CMIP5 – the climate model inter-comparison project which is widely used for the IPCC reports.


Debatt under Arctic Frontiers: Det grønne skiftet - hva nå?

Arctic Frontiers arrangeres i Tromsø denne uken. På åpningsdagen ble det invitert til debatt om "Det grønne skiftet - hva nå?". I panelet møtte Nansensenterets direktør Sebastian H. Mernild blant annet klimaministeren til debatt.

Her kan du se debatten i opptak (på grunn av tekniske lydutfordringer hos arrangør, er det først lyd fra da debatten startet. Spol derfor frem til 5:25)


Snow and ice changes in the Andes mountains during the last 70 years


The loss rate of Arctic land ice has increased threefold

New GEUS-led study shows the loss rate of Arctic land ice has increased threefold since 1986, from nearly 5000 tons of water per second during the “recent past” (1986–2005) to 14,000 tons per second in the present day (2005–2015).

"This is a solid scientific study that gives a temporal description of how the land ice in the Arctic contributes to the rising sea-level. The numbers are worrying as the loss of land ice from the Arctic has risen to three doubles in the period 1986-2005 to 2005-2015", says one of the authors Sebastian H. Mernild.

Film fra 1993 med fokus på fremtidens klimasituasjon

"Med bud om morgendagens klima" ble filmet under et av toktene i 1992 og produsert ferdig i 1993. I dag er det interessant å se hvilke perspektiver man hadde på klima for 25 år siden. En problemstilling som bare har blitt enda mer aktuell. Filmen er produsert og regissert av Carlo for Nansensenteret.

New podcast episodes

The Bjerknes Center and its partners; the University of Bergen, the Nansen Center, NORCE and the Institute of Marine Research, are collaborating on a new podcast that started earlier this fall. A total of seven episodes have been recorded so far at UiB in Media City Bergen. Currently, the podcasts have been in Norwegian, but soon English-language episodes will be produced. In these, Stephen Outten from the Nansen Center will be a moderator.

Lærerik studentutplassering ved Nansensenteret

Denne høsten har vi ved Nansensenteret vært så heldige å få to studenter på utplassering fra studiet «Havteknologi» ved UiB. Vi har spurt Henrik Hellem (23) fra Vinterbro og Bjørnar Hallaråker Røsvik (22) fra Bømlo hvordan semesteret har vært her hos oss.

På Svalbard: Henrik og Bjørnar var med Nansensenteret på forskerskole ved UNIS. (Foto: Espen Storheim)På Svalbard: Henrik og Bjørnar var med Nansensenteret på forskerskole ved UNIS. (Foto: Espen Storheim)

Agulhas Current meanders facilitate shelf-slope exchange on the Eastern Agulhas Bank

Agulhas Current meanders are some of the largest events that take place in the Agulhas Current system. They have a large impact on the shelf circulation and are important for the life cycle of several marine species. In an article published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans two ocean models, as well as satellite observations, are used to examine how meander events change the way in which the Agulhas Current interacts with the continental shelf of southeast Africa. 

Direktøren ved Nansensenteret er tildelt Rosenkjærprisen 2018

I helgen ble årets mottaker av Danmarks Radios (DR) formidlingspris avslørt i DR sitt konserthus. Den prestisjetunge prisen ble tildelt Nansensenterts direktør og en av hovedforfatterne av den kommende hovedrapporten fra FNs klimapanel Sebastian H. Mernild. beskriver at utdelingen til Mernild «ble til en mann som vet mer om klima og klimaendringer enn de fleste som mottok DRs store formidlingspris Rosenkjær Prize 2018».

Nansen Center in India has moved to new office premises at KUFOS

The Nansen Environmental Research Centre- India (NERCI) in Kochin are excited to announce that the Centre has moved to a new location in Panangad, Kochi, at the campus of  Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS). Vice Chancellor Dr. A. Ramachndran stated his opening remark: - NERCI and their staff have been instrumental in contribution to the design of the curriculum at KUFOS and contributed to research and educational cooperation through several projects and student supervision.

The Chinese relations builder - portrait interview with Prof. Dr. Yongqi Gao

This autumn the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre (NZC) in Beijing, China, and its partners celebrate their 15 year anniversary of rock solid science. Behind this successful collaboration between Chinese and Norwegian researchers one man stands out beside the initiators. Yongqi Gao, research leader at the Nansen Center in Bergen, has been a very important key person in this matter. Our Chinese colleague describes it in a slightly different way though. - I have been like a glue and filter in this collaboration, Gao illustrates.

Nansensenterets direktør er nominert til årets danske 2018

- For en flott dag, uttrykker Sebastian H. Mernild etter offentliggjøringen av nyheten om at han er blitt nominert til årets danske av avisen Berlingske Tidende i Danmark. Direktøren ved Nansensenteret, som kommer fra Odense, er nominert sammen med ni andre dansker som har gjort seg særskilt bemerket i landets mediebilde i løpet av 2018. 

Her følger intervjuet fra dagens avisutgave av Berlingske: 


Kunnskap er ingenting verdt hvis det bare forblir på datamaskinen min

Three years after the initiative, the International winter school in Goa, India, has started

The International Interdisciplinary PhD and Post-doc Winter School “The Arctic Ocean: atmosphere, ice and ocean interactions - implications for future climate and human activities” started yesterday. 18 lecturers and 30 student participants all gathered in Goa, India at the beautiful campus of the ESSO-National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research. The planning tough began three years ago.

Publication: Data assimilation in the geosciences - An overview of methods, issues, and perspectives

You have data, you have a simulation model, then you should probably look into data assimilation. 

Norsk-kinesisk forskningssenter feiret 15 år

Nansen-Zhu International Research Center (NZC) og partnere har denne uken feiret 15 års samarbeid med kunnskapsbasert forskning og utdanning. Jubileet har blitt markert med åpning av nybygget til forskningssenteret ved statssekretær Rebekka Borsch, representanter fra kinesiske myndigheter samt partnere fra Kina og Norge. Senteret ble i 2003 åpnet av daværende miljøvernminister Børge Brende.

State secretary opened new office building for the Nansen-Zhu Centre

- We are indeed impressed and happy to see that the Nansen-Zhu Centre has developed into a strong, internationally recognized climate center, Norwegian state secretary Rebekka Borsch stated. She was the responsible for the official opening of the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre's (NZC) new office building in Beijing yesterday afternoon. This happened in connection with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Center and Norwegian-Chinese research collaboration this week.

Et hav av ulike vannmasser

Innlegget er skrevet av forsker Helene R. Langehaug ved Nansensenteret, og ble først publisert i tidligere denne uken.

Variable Conditions Challenge Mariners and Ice Forecasters

Helsinki, Finland, September 28, 2018 – The International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG) convened its 19th annual meeting September 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The theme for the meeting was “Ice Information for Navigating the Sub-Polar Seas”.