NERSC News Archive

Doktor disputas: VARSLING AV SJØIS I ARKTIS

Knut Arild Lisæter disputerer den 30. november for dr. scient.-graden ved Universitetet i Berge/n/Nansen Senteret med avhandlinga:

“A coupled ice-ocean data assimilation system for Arctic monitoring and prediction”

Avhandlinga tek for seg varsling av sjøis i Arktiske område, med fokus på utvikling av numeriske modellar, og metoder for å bruke observasjonar til å forbedre modellresultat. Store deler av dei Arktiske havområda er dekka av sjøis heile eller deler av året. Eit døme er Barentshavet, der sjøisen dekker store delar av området om vinteren.

Bergen styrker klimaforskningen

Styret i Bjerknessamarbeidet, som består av Universitetet i Bergen, Havforskningsinstituttet og Nansensenteret, vil videreutvikle klimaforskningen i Bergen og stiller seg positive til planene om et nytt sammenslått klimasenter.

Klimaendringene vi står overfor vil bli store, og gir oss store utfordringer og kunnskapsbehov. Siden år 2000 har klimaforskningen i Bergen vært koordinert gjennom et tett samarbeid mellom UiB, Havforskningsinstituttet og Nansensenteret (Bjerknessamarbeidet).

Two Post-Doc and one Ph.D. positions are available in the eVita project "Forecasting Non-linear systems with the EnKF and related methods"

POST-DOC 1: The Mohn-Sverdrup center seeks one post-doc for 2 years for Non-Gaussian assimilation methods for a coupled physical-ecosystem modell of the North Atlantic:

The post-doc will evaluate non-Gaussian variants of the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) in a HYCOM model of the North Atlantic coupled with a biogeochemical model. The project will evaluate the assimilation of non-Gaussian variables using a general transformation of the distribution function (Gaussian anamorphosis).

PREMIÆRE i dag: Mann Kvinne Kaffe

Fellini og fotball. Gradisca og Volpina. Mammagutter, løshunder, machomenn og sterke kvinner. Milano, Roma, Venezia´s Amarcord, mi recordo, - jeg husker. En nordmann reiser gjennom Italia, barndommens rike, på søken etter sin egen plass i livet.

Michela i Rimini ønsker seg barn, men hvem vet hva fremtiden vil bringe? Romerske byggearbeidere håper på lykken i lotto. En alenemor i Napoli koker pasta og filosoferer over menn og kvinners dilemma. Små forhåpninger, store lengsler. Og alltid en ny kaffe ved baren, - den vidunderlige duften av nymalte bønner.

Hva gjør deg lykkelig?

Tropical hurricanes and transport of water in the atmosphere

The Nansen Center contributes to the NRKs "extreme weather week" with a study that explains the basics of tropical hurricanes and their relations to the transport of water in the atmosphere.

This is illustrated with an animation of the hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans in year 2005. The moisture and precipitation products used for the animation are obtained from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) that provides data every three hours with a spatial resolution of approximately 40 km.

Simulate the temperature increase and sea ice retreat during the 21st century

The Nansen Center contributes to the NRKs "extreme weather week" with modelling results illustrating the 21st century's global warming and retreat of the Arctic sea ice. The simulations is an animation based on the results of 15 climate models. The same model data builds the basis of the recently published climate report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The animation shows predicted changes in surface air temperature and summer ice extent relative to year 2000 and opposes one scenario with high greenhouse gas emissions to one with low emissions.

The Nansen Polar Bear Award 2007 to the director and staff of the Nansen International Center in St. Petersburg

Director Dr. Leonid P. Boylev and staff of the scientific foundation Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NIERSC) in St. Petersburg, have been awarded the Nansen Polar Bear Award for 2007 for their outstanding scientific achievements in Arctic reserach during the 15 years of the Foundation.

The Chairman of the Board of the Nansen Center in Bergen, Prof. Dag Aksnes, University of Bergen, gave the award to Director Bobylev during the 15th years anniversary colloquium of the Foundation on September 14th. in St.

Nansen Internasjonale Senter i St. Petersburg 15 år

For 15 år siden signerte daværende viseguvernør i St. Petersburg Vladimir Putin stiftelsesdokumentet til det som i dag er en internasjonal forskningsstiftelse med fokus på Arktisk klima og miljø. Stiftelsen Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre har publisert over 50 vitenskapelige arbeider og syv bøker om klimaendringene i Arktis. 17 unge russiske forsker er veiledet fram til disputas og 110 doktorgradskandidater har mottatt stipend fra senteret. 15 årsdagen markeres med et vitenskapeligkollokvium i Nansens Hus i St. Petersburg fredag den 14.

Annual Report for 2006 available - 20 years in science

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center was formally established on November 28th 1986 as a non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of Bergen.

The Nansen Center´s vision is to make a significant contribution to the understanding, monitoring and forecasting of the world’s environment and climate on local, regional and global scales.

Main research focus areas are:
• Climate understanding - its variability and change
• Global ocean studies and ocean forecasting
• Development and use of satellite based methods for marine studies
• Satellite monitoring o

The TOPAZ modeling system for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans is upgraded

The TOPAZ system is an ocean forecasting system developed under the TOPAZ project in EC Framework V. The TOPAZ project was finished in 2003. The lessons learned in that project where carried into the MERSEA Strand 1 and MERSEA-IP projects, where the TOPAZ system has been run in a operational mode, providing weekly forecasts of ocean currents, ocean temperature and ice conditions in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Presently the model system used to provide forecasts covers the North Atlantic, Nordic and Arctic seas. It is based on the HYCOM ocean model and includes a sea-ice model.

Nansen Sentrene har møte med Statsminister Jens Stoltenberg i St. Petersburg

Statsminister Jens Stoltenberg møtte i dag Russiske klimaforskere og -studenter ombord på den historiske isbryteren Krasin i St. Petersburg. Statsministeren ble presentert det nære norsk-russiske samarbeidet innen Arktisk forskning som er etablert med hhv. Nansen Senter for Miljø og Fjernmåling (NERSC) i Bergen og Norsk Polar Institutt. Vertskap for møtet på Krasin var Arctic and Antractic Research Institute.
Nansen Senteret i Bergen har engasjert seg sterk i forsknings- og utdanningssamarbeide med Russland i de siste 15 årene. I 1992 tok Prof. Ola M.

Research Fellow (PhD position) in climate modelling at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway

A 3-year position as PhD student is available at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center from 01.09.2007. The Nansen Center is a non-profit research institute affiliated with the University of Bergen (UoB), and the PhD-degree will be formally defended at the Geophysical institute at UoB.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in numerical geophysical modelling, dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, climatology or related fields, or have submitted the Master thesis for assessment by the application deadline.

Annual report for 2006

Our human resources and expertise are the capital of the Center and by the end of 2006 the Nansen Center employed a staff of 64 persons from 14 nations - including nine in adjunct positions.
The project income for 2006 was mainly from the Research Council of Norway, the European Commission (EU), European Space Agency, oil companies, the Norwegian Space Center and INTAS. Substantial financial supports have been received from G.C. Rieber Funds and Frank Mohn ASA by Trond Mohn. By the end of 2006, the Nansen Center participated in 14 EU projects and co-ordinated four of these projects.

Vacancy: Director of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center and Professor in Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute

Professor in Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute
UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Geophysical Institute has an opening for a professorship in oceanography that may be combined with the post as Director of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC). Applicants should indicate in their application whether this directorship would be of interest.

Applicants should have substantial research leadership experience as well as experience in coordinating research activities and in strategic research planning.

The Fridtjof Nansen Award for 2007 to Professor Ola M. Johannessen

Founding director of the Nansen Center and professor at Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen Ola M. Johannessen will to day receive the Fridtjof Nansen Award for Prominent Research in Science and Medicine for 2007. He is given the award for his “path-breaking research on dynamic oceanographic processes in the Arctic marginal ice zone”.

The Fridtjof Nansen Award for Prominent Research in Science and Medicine is established by the Fridtjof Nansen Fund and given to a Norwegian scientist who has made scientific contributions at a very high international level.

Post-Doc position open at The Mohn-Sverdrup Center for Global Ocean Studies and Operational Oceanography

The Mohn-Sverdrup Center at the Nansen Center seeks one post-doc for 2 years for eddy-resolving modelling studies of the Nordic Seas:

The post.doc will continue the developments of a high-resolution HYCOM model covering the Nordic Seas. The model system will be used to study the mesoscale eddy activity in the area, in order to achieve a better understanding of the large scale circulation and mixing processes.

The post-doc will work in a dynamic team of 15 and will participate to collaborative project work with both international and Norwegian partners.

Polarårsøknad avslått

Forskningsrådet utlyste i mars 2006 tverrfaglige og grensesperengende søknader til det internasjonale polaråret. Nansensenteret ledet en stor nasjonal polarårsøknad "Climate of the Arctic and its Role for Europe (IPY-CARE)".

Søknaden ble i juni 2006 avslatt av Forskningsrådet. Avslaget var meget kort, ekspertene som vurderte søknaden hadde mangelfull kompetanse, og søknadsbehandlingen var ikke i samsvar med Forskningsrådets utlysningstekst.

Vacant Ph.D. Position Causes and Consequences of the Extreme Climate Variability in the high North Atlantic

Job Description: The winter surface air temperature at Svalbard (78 ºN) has increased by 4 degrees C since 1912, which is one of the largest observed temperature changes on the Earth. The temperature changes are accompanied by considerable ice edge retreat as well as intensification of the storm activity. Changes have culminated in 2006 with April being 12 dergr. C warmer than on average and ice edge retreating by 500 km by September. It is not a simple task however to assign a single set of causes responsible for the obvious polar amplification of the global warming in this area.

Vacant programmer position at Mohn-Sverdrup Center

PROGRAMMER POSITION AT THE MOHN-SVERDRUP CENTER FOR GLOBAL OCEAN STUDIES AND OPERATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY, BERGEN, NORWAY

The Mohn-Sverdrup Center at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway, seeks a programmer engineer for our operational ocean forecasting system.

The programmer engineer shall maintain the operations of the TOPAZ ocean forecasting system, including interactive forecasting on the internet.

MoU signed with the Anna University in Chennai, India

A Memorandum of Understanding has been made the between Institute of Remote Sensing at Anna University, Chennai, India and Nansen Center affiliated with the University of Bergen.
The MoU was signed by the Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan and Director Ola M. Johannessen during the Indian Republic Day function at the Anna University on 25th January.

The MoU defines the framework for higher educational and research cooperation between the institutions including the Indian, Russian and Chinese institutions of the Nansen Group.