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Photo by Mayur Sable: Jaipur (India) at night, pexels.comPhoto by Mayur Sable: Jaipur (India) at night, pexels.com

The Nansen Center and the Nansen Environmental Research Center – India (NERCI) co-organized a two-day international conference in India addressing the future energy systems in cities in southern Asia.

30 years anniversary of the Nansen Centre in St. Petersburg

The Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC) in St. Petersburg was founded in 1992 and is celebrating its' 30th anniversary this October.

What does the Pacific water temperature have to do with cold winters?

In the years 1998-2013, Eurasia experienced very cold winters, despite the ongoing global warming trend. Scientists are debating their origin, but we have come closer to finding out.

Improving information on ocean surface currents observed from space

Researchers at the Nansen Center and NORCE developed an algorithm that makes it possible to get more exact information on ocean surface currents, especially along the coast. 

Coastal areas can be difficult to navigate in. A new algorithm can be used to make it less difficult and more secure. Photo: Stein Egil LilandCoastal areas can be difficult to navigate in. A new algorithm can be used to make it less difficult and more secure. Photo: Stein Egil Liland

The secrets of one of the world’s most advanced sea-ice models

Researchers from NERSC and colleagues in France, Germany, and Mali have improved how to simulate sea-ice movement in the Arctic. Their sea-ice model neXtSIM with a new and unique rheology is very good at producing accurate sea-ice forecasts and can possibly enhance climate predictions. 

Sea ice in the Arctic. Photo: Espen Storheim/Nansen CenterSea ice in the Arctic. Photo: Espen Storheim/Nansen Center

Forecasting nutrients in the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic

Researchers from the Nansen Center and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Germany developed a model that produces reliable biogeochemical forecasts for the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic. It is already in use within the Copernicus Marine Service framework.

The ocean around the Lofoten islands is rich in fish. Will there be enough food for fish in the future there? Photo: Stein Egil Liland, pexels.comThe ocean around the Lofoten islands is rich in fish. Will there be enough food for fish in the future there? Photo: Stein Egil Liland, pexels.com

The Chief Minister of Kerala visited the Nansen Center

Indian and Norwegian research institutions have been collaborating for decades. A high-level visit from the Government of Kerala, India to the Nansen Center resulted in concrete plans for extensive collaborations in the future, with a strong focus on climate and environmental research.

Små og store fikk møte forskere på Festplassen i Bergen

Forskningstorget organiseres hvert år innenfor rammen av Forskningsdagene. Nansensenteret er én av utstillerne som ofte deltar og vi var også med i år.

 

Submarine Telecommunication Cables as part of the Arctic Ocean Observing System

The Nansen Center participated at the 31st NORDUnet conference held in Reykjavik, Iceland 13-15 September 2022. NORDUnet is a Nordic research and education network (REN) enabling scientists, educators, and students to work and share knowledge globally.

 

Successfully simulating sea-ice breakups with neXtSIM

A new study led by Jonathan Rheinlænder at the Nansen Center investigates if the sea-ice model neXtSIM can recreate an unusual breakup event in the Arctic to find out what caused it.

 

Symposium to honour the memory of the late Prof. Yongqi Gao

The Nansen Center is organizing a symposium in the name of colleague and friend Yongqi Gao who passed away in the summer of 2021. His legacy lives on in many ways, bringing together researchers from China, Norway and elsewhere.

 

Successful PhD defence today - Weather and ocean impacts on sea-level changes in northern Europe

Fabio Mangini has been part of the center’s remote sensing group for the past years, and today his degree is being awarded by the University of Bergen. Congratulations, Fabio!

 

Marine environment and climate on the agenda

Arendal is a small and quiet coastal city in the southern part of Norway. For five days in mid-August, the population multiplies when 100 000 people gather for the Arendal week (Arendalsuka). This is the largest political gathering in Norway, and the stated mission is to “strengthen the belief in political empowerment and democracy through open debate and involvement”.

The director of the Nansen Center on top of the Glass elevator in Arendal and ready for a long week. Photo: Tore FurevikThe director of the Nansen Center on top of the Glass elevator in Arendal and ready for a long week. Photo: Tore Furevik

Improving the monitoring and forecasting of sea ice, icebergs, and biodiversity in the ocean

The Nansen Center is a partner in two new projects funded by the European Commission's Horizon Europe programme. The projects will enhance existing and develop new products in Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation programme.  

 

Strong Nansen Center presence at the ESA Living Planet Symposium

The European Space Agency (ESA) arranges the Living Planet Symposium (LPS) every third year. It is the biggest Earth observation conference in the world, and it offers fantastic options to present research findings to scientists and data users and discuss the importance of Earth observations in the future. This year’s topic of LPS was “Taking the pulse of our planet from space”, an objective that overlaps with the Nansen Center’s strategy, as remote sensing is one of the legs we stand on.   

International collaboration in the Arctic with the Office of Naval Research, the Norwegian Coast Guard, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Last week, the Nansen Center had several prominent guests from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway. The reason for the visit was to discuss collaboration efforts and show highlights from the past two decades of collaboration in research, training, and technology between Norway and the USA.

 

Who was visiting?

Seven decades of environmental change at deep-sea sponge grounds

A recent study led by Annette Samuelsen investigated environmental change at deep-sea sponge grounds in the North Atlantic. She and her team were able to establish a baseline for water conditions in four different areas through simulations – over 67 years. Such a baseline is important for future studies. Sponges have far-reaching implications for life both in the ocean and on land, and their wellbeing is dependent on their environment.

 

The Nansen Center is now a member of the University of the Arctic

On Wednesday the 1st of June, the members of the Assembly of the University of the Arctic unanimously voted in favour of accepting the Nansen Center into the network.

Photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on UnsplashPhoto by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash

What is the University of the Arctic?

A tiny wooden boat made its way from the Arctic Ocean to the coast of Northern Norway

As part of the Float Your Boat outreach project, hundreds of school children in the US and Norway decorated their own boats in 2020 and 2021. These were set out on top of the floating sea ice in the Arctic, and now the first boat from two years ago has finally made its way back to Norway – to Arnøya at the northernmost part of Norway’s coast.

Boat found on Arnøya. Photo: Guro Kvåle FredriksenBoat found on Arnøya. Photo: Guro Kvåle Fredriksen

Measuring the sea level along the Norwegian coast from space

PhD candidate Fabio Mangini (UiB/NERSC) recently published his second article, and his findings confirm that satellites can be used to reliably determine regional variations in the sea level in coastal zones of Norway. This is relevant for predicting future changes along coastlines, helping society to mitigate effects of climate change.

 

Why is the sea level important?

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