NERSC News Archive

Vacant Post-Doc position in Arctic Climatology

A Post-Doc position is open for a scientist in the research project Planetary Boundary Layer Feedback in the Earth’s Climate System (PBL-feedback) at the G.C. Rieber Climate Institute at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway.

Ocean Science publication on modeling of the Agulhas Current

The TOPAZ/HYCOM model system of the Nansen Center is implemented and in operations for the Indian and Southern Oceans. This model system has been applied for evaluating two numerical advection schemes for eddy-resolving modeling of the Agulhas Current. Bjorn Backberg, Laurent Bertino and Johnny A.

Unique survey of ocean climate may improve climate predictions

A new letter in Nature Geoscience provides a unique assessment of ocean circulation and climate variability, and thus adds to the basis for improved climate prediction.

A research team from the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, both in Bergen, Norway, has studied observed anomalies in ocean climate, and identified the anomalies’ progression with the circulation of the Nordic Seas, and the Norwegian Sea in particular.

TOPAZ surface current forecasts used at ECMWF for wave forecasting.

The ECMWF has requested access to TOPAZ forecast of surface currents as input to their operational wave model. TOPAZ has been selected both for the quality of the results and for its large coverage from the Equator to the ice edge.
Think of TOPAZ when you go surfing this week-end!

Publication on sources and spreading of radionuclides in the North Atlantic and Arctic region

Yongqi Gao, Helge Drange, Ola M. Johannessen and Lasse H.

New Research Director appointed at The G.C. Rieber Climate Institute

Dr. Igor Esau is appointed the research director of the G.C. Rieber Climate Research Institute at the Nansen Centre.

Dr. Esau got his Diploma in meteorology with honors degree at Tomsk State University, Russia in 1992. He holds two Ph.D. degrees, respectively in mathematics and physics - with applications to climatology - from Institute for Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia in 1996 and in meteorology - planetary boundary layer - from Department of Geosciences, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden obtained in 2003.

Ocean color algorithm published by the Nansen Centers in St. Petersburg and Bergen.

Anton Korosov, Dmitry Pozdnyakov and Lasse H. Pettersson and co -authors have published the paper "Semi-empirical Algorithm for the Retrieval of Ecology-Relevant Water Constituents in Various Aquatic Environments" in Algorithms - an Open-Access Journal of Computer Science, Theory, Methods and Interdisciplinary Applications, Data and Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Control Systems.

The paper addresses an advanced operational semi-empirical algorithm for processing satellite remote sensing data in the visible region is described.

Ensemble Optimal Interpolation: multivariate properties in the Gulf of Mexico

In a paper published in Tellus A Drs. Francois Counillon and Laurent Bertino present an ocean model system for the Gulf of Mexico and the ensemble optimal interpolation (EnOI) methods developed under Counillon Ph.D. studies at the Nansen Center.

The EnOI extracts its covariance matrix from a historical ensemble and allows for a multivariate update at a small computational cost. The Sea Level Anomaly (SLA) is used for assimilation, as it provides an integral representation of the circulation in the area.

High resolution ensemble forecasting for the Gulf of Mexico eddies and fronts

Stochastic forecasting is widely used in meteorology, in order to provide confidence indices of the prediction (Molteni et al., 1996). Stochastic forecasting is introduced by Yin and Oey (2007) for application to the GOM.

In a paper published in Ocean Dynamics Drs. Francois Counillon and Laurent Bertino present a sensitivity study to different perturbation systems is carried out by perturbing the initial state, lateral forcing, and atmospheric forcing.

Ola M. knighted : Portrait on national TV2

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His Majesty the King of Norway has appointed Professor Ola Mathias Johannessen to Officer of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his efforts in climate and polar research. On behalf of the King the assistant County Governor of Hordaland, Rune Fjeld delivered the decoration of the Order to Ola M.

GRL cover publication: Improving ocean surface velocity measurements from space

The Nansen Centers in Bergen and St. Petersburg in cooperation with IFREMER and BOOST Technologies in France obtained the cover publication in Geophysical Research Letter.

Advanced synthetic aperture radar (ASAR) signals collected by ESA´s Envisat help scientists map surface currents in the world oceans. As demonstrated, ASAR is a valuable source of high-resolution information on the line-of-sight roughness and velocity of the moving ocean surface.

Season Greetings from the Nansen Center

We thanks all our partners for the cooperation in 2008 and wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2009.

Book contribution: High North - high stakes

The Arctic, once politically and literally frozen, is melting at a pace unforeseen even a few years ago. Arctic petroleum resources are of great interest in an ever-tightening global energy market, and there is a considerable potential for increased shipping in and through the region.

Meeting 9. December: "Our Northern Region - Status and Challenges"

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA), The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) and The Norwegian Academy of Technological Science (NTVA) invites to a public seminar in Bergen

Tuesday 9 December 2008 at 19:00
Nansensenteret at Marineholmen, Thormøhlensgate 47

Our Northern Region – Status and Challenges

Lectures by:
Elisabeth Walaas, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prof. Yngve Kristoffersen, University of Bergen
Prof. Ola. M. Johannessen, Nansen Center, Bergen

Ola M. appointed the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav

His Majesty the King of Norway has appointed Professor Ola Mathias Johannessen, founding director ot he Nansen Center, to Officer of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his efforts in climate and polar research.

The Council of the Order has in its evaluation considerably emphasized his efforts in the research of polar oceans.

Doktor disputas: Hva kontrollerer blomstringen av planteplankton i Norskehavet?

Blomstring av planteplankton kontrolleres av tilgang på næringsstoffer og lys, i likhet med andre planter. Det er antatt at variasjoner i dyreplankton bestander kan relateres til endringer i planteplankton. Siden mange fiskearter er avhengige av dyreplankton for å vokse og overleve, er det viktig å forstå variasjoner i planteplankton og om dette kan varsles.
Det er dyrt og tidkrevende å hente inn observasjoner av planteplankton, næringsstoffer, salt og temperatur på havet. I tillegg kan man ikke dekke både tid og rom, derfor benytter vi oss av havmodeller.

The Nansen-Zhu Centre 5 years

The five years anniversary of the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre (NZC) was celebrated with a scientific colloquium in Beijing on November 3rd and 4th. The Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland and the Vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Prof. Zhongli Ding visited the Nansen-Zhu Centre during the anniversary. NZC is located at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of CAS and named in the honour and spirit of the Norwegian scientist, humanist and diplomat Dr.

The Third Nansen–Zhu Ph.D. summer school in Beijing

The Nansen–Zhu International Summer School focus this year on “Climate Teleconnections between Low and High Latitudes” has to day opened at the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre in Beijing. More than 100 participants including lecturers and Ph.D. students from the several Universities in China, Norway and Russia as well as the Nansen Centers in Bergen, St. Petersburg, Cochin and Beijing will during the next five days give lectures and have discussion on the state of the art in research on teleconnections in the climate system.

EUs havovervåkningssamarbeide med Kina koordineres fra Bergen

Denne uken samles mer enn 20 forskere fra åtte kinesiske og fem europeiske institusjoner for å diskutere harmonisering av de operative system for havovervåkning og varsling for de to kontinent.

Nansen senter for miljø og fjernmåling (NERSC) i Bergen er vertskap for møtet og Forskningsdirektør Johnny A. Johannessen er koordinator for dette EU finansierte prosjektet ”DRAGONESS – DRAGON in support of harmonizing European and Chinese marine monitoring for Environment and Security System”.

GRL publication in press: Recent and future changes of the Arctic Sea Ice Cover

The interest in the Arctic Sea Ice seems inversely proportional to the area covered, and has exploded after the record minimum in September 2007, which were not beaten this year (see below articles). The Arctic ice has in many ways become the “canary in the coal mine” of global warming, but at the same time global models show a large spread in future predictions of the Arctic energy budget.

The publication “Recent and future changes of the Arctic Sea Ice Cover” by Lars H.