NERSC News Archive

Sixth Assessment Report WG1 contribution by IPCC published today!

Sebastian Mernild, our former director and now pro-rector and professor in climate change and glaciology at the University of Southern Denmark and in an adjunct position with us, is one of the Lead Authors contributing to the report!


Extreme weather events indicate climate change is here

Obituary for Yongqi Gao, 1965-2021

Our beloved and highly esteemed colleague and friend Yongqi Gao died peacefully at home Friday 23 July. He leaves behind his wife, son, and daughter.

A hidden gem article: How risky are oil spills along the Norwegian coast for fish?

Annette Samuelsen, research leader of our Ocean Modelling Group, published an article in 2019 that recently made it on the “Hidden gems” list of the ICES Journal of Marine Science! These articles are hand-picked by the Editor-in-Chief for being of high quality and special interest, but not having many citations yet.

Arctic sea ice melting leads to more intense monsoon rainfalls in India

A new publication in the Nature Partner Journal "Climate and Atmospheric Science" is co-authored by NERSC researcher Roshin P. Raj in the Ocean and Sea Ice Remote Sensing Group, as well as professor Ola M. Johannessen from the Nansen Scientific Society. The remaining co-authors are scientists from NCPOR (Goa, India).

Returning to the Nansen Center - Reflections from a newly appointed director

The Nansen Center is in these days moving 300 meters across Nygårdsparken and into the refurbished floors of the East Wing of the iconic Geophysical Institute building. For me the journey is even shorter, only a few steps across the courtyard from the West Wing, from where I have been coordinating the Bjerknes Centre for some time. With this journey, it feels like I am coming home – in several ways.

Brief status update from the Nansen Center

The first half of 2021 is soon behind us, and the Center operation has continued with a satisfactory trend from 2020.


Our Annual Report for 2020 is finalized, with several interesting stories about our research activities. You find it both digital on Flipsnack, and as pdf.

New Bjerknes Centre director: Kikki Kleiven

A new director has been appointed for the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, starting on the 1st of July.


The Nansen Center is one of the four partners in the Bjerknes Centre collaboration, along with the University of Bergen, NORCE, and the Institute for Marine Research.

Successful third Crash Course on Data Assimilation

In the beginning of June, NERSC researchers ran their third Data Assimilation summer school, together with NORCE colleagues, and this time digitally. Over 70 people participated and learned both about the theory of data assimilation and its applications!


Data Assimilation – what is that and what is it used for?

On improving ocean surface current investigations from space - Successful PhD defence today!

Artem Moiseev, PhD candidate in our OSIRS group, successfully defended his PhD today! His degree is being awarded by the University of Bergen. Congratulations, Artem!


Ocean surface currents as study object

Workshop on climate predictability, in September

This upcoming September, a workshop on climate predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic sector is planned and the registration is open!



Are you working with climate predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic sector? Then you should consider signing up for this workshop to share your findings and participate in discussions around predictability in that region.


New project at NERSC: The Scale-Aware Sea Ice Project (SASIP)

Last month a new project has started, with several of our NERSC researchers involved. The "Scale-Aware Sea Ice Project" (SASIP) will run for six years, with international partners in France, the US, the UK, Italy, and Mali.


How are sea level and jet stream related?

Our PhD candidate Fabio Mangini with the OSIRS group recently published his first paper! He worked on it together with Laurent Bertino (NERSC) and Jan Even Øie Nilsen (previously NERSC, now IMR), as well as other researchers from the Bjerknes Center and Sweden. They set out to investigate how sea level variability in the North Sea and the jet stream over the North Atlantic are related and have found interesting connections!

Sea ice and waves in the Arctic: Modelling important interactions

Our Sea Ice Modelling group members Guillaume Boutin, Timothy Williams, Einar Ólason, and Pierre Rampal (NERSC & CNRS) recently published an article together with Camille Lique (IFREMER, Brest, France). They coupled the sea ice model neXtSIM to a wave model and present exciting results!

Obituary for Prof. Sergej Zilitinkevich

Sergej Zilitinkevich: Photo by Igor EsauSergej Zilitinkevich: Photo by Igor Esau

A prominent scientist, research coordinator, supervisor and just a friend for many of us, Professor Sergej Zilitinkevich passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Forecasting sea ice trajectories in the Arctic

While the drifting of sea ice in the Arctic has been subject of many studies, this new publication by Sukun Cheng, Laurent Bertino (both NERSC), Pierre Rampal (Université Grenoble Alpes and NERSC) and others, is adding valuable findings to forecasting drift trajectories.


Correcting biases in NorCPM for the tropical Atlantic with an innovative approach

Several of our Climate Dynamics and Prediction researchers just published a new article in Climate Dynamics, under the lead of François Counillon (NERSC). They showed how reducing model biases can improve seasonal prediction for the tropical Atlantic Ocean.


Intertropical Convergence Zone limits climate predictions in the tropical Atlantic

New findings on the Atlantic El Niño - Noel Keenlyside (NERSC, UiB/GFI, BCCR) co-author on study published in Nature Communications 

Press release by GEOMAR - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel - 

Professor Tore Furevik appointed as Managing Director for the Nansen Center

After a thorough recruitment process this past autumn, we are happy to announce that a new Director is appointed.

The Ocean Panel: Give it 100%

14 world leaders, among them Erna Solberg, have committed to managing 100% of the national waters sustainably.

This initiative is the “Ocean Panel” (High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy). Their aims are to protect the ocean, and to solve global challenges. A healthy ocean is crucial for our wellbeing: Human and planetary health depend on it, climate and food security are tied to it, and both local jobs and the global economy rely upon it.

New book co-authored by NERSC researchers with ARCPATH project

This month, the book “Nordic Perspectives on the Responsible Development of the Arctic: Pathways to Action” was published, and two chapters have significant contributions from some of our researchers that are active in the ARCPATH project.

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