Chinese Academy of Sciences Appointment

Professor Ola M. Johannessen, executive chairman of the Board of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway was appointed ”Visiting Professor for Senior International Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)” for 2010. The diploma, signed by Prof. Lu Yongxiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was presented to him by Prof. Hui-Jun Wang, Director for ”Institute of Atmospheric Physics of CAS” in Beijing on Tuesday October 26th. Prof. Johannessen delivered then his first guest lecture titled ”Arctic climate, present and future perspectives”. The Nansen Center in Bergen took in 2003 the initiative to establish the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre in Beijing in cooperation with ”Institute of Atmospheric Physics (CAS)”. The research foci of the Centre are related to past present and future climate studies, teleconnections between climate variability at high and low latitudes, including studies of the ”Blue Arctic”. Prof. Wang is also Director for the Nansen Zhu Centre with Prof. Yongqi Gao as deputy director. Prof. Gao has a joint position at the Nansen Centres in Beijing and Bergen. The Nansen-Zhu Centre has 71 employees, including 20 scientists, 25 Ph.D. and 26 Master students. The bilateral cooperation between the partners in Bergen and Beijing works very well including frequent exchange of researchers and students. Other partners of the Nansen-Zhu Centre are from Norway the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen and Uni Research at the Bjerknes Centre and from China Peking and Nanjing Universities.

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