Friday 26 February 2021, No 4, Week 8
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Director's note

Science in focus

Bjerknes is one of Europe’s major providers of new knowledge on climate. According to Web of Science, we had 247 publications last year and more than 11 000 citations to our works. We publish frequently in high-ranked journals such as Nature, Science and PNAS, where we had 30 publications in 2020.
The start of this year has been no exception – we continue to produce new and high impact results. I would like to draw your attention to two important papers this week, one in PNAS and one in Nature Communications. Christoph Heinze is the lead author and Dagmara Rusiecka one of the contributors on a PNAS perspective article. They discuss what they call quiet crossing of ocean tipping points, where tipping points due to warming, acidification and de-oxygenation, although small in space and time, can gradually add up to global dimensions. Their take home message is that such changes need to be addressed as seriously as singular catastrophic. I will congratulation Christoph and Dagmara for what has the potential to become a wide-used reference paper in ocean litterature. 
I will also congratulate Anna Hughes, Jan Mangerud and John-Inge Svendsen who have contributed to a new global ice sheet reconstruction for the past 80 000 years. They now seem to have solved the so-called “missing ice problem” – the fact that earlier reconstructions have had far too little land ice to explain the 130-meter drop in sea level during the last glacial maximum. This is an important result coming from the DATED database and the RISES project.
RISES and our other four strategic projects AOI, CHEX, EMULATE and LOES, are all about to end this year. We will soon start the process of defining new projects that can start January next year. The process will be similar to last time and involves discussions of ideas in the research themes in March and April, one-page sketches evaluated by the leader group before summer, and more proper project descriptions to be developed during autumn before final approval by the board. An invitation will soon be sent to everyone at the Centre, so stay tuned. 
The very cold and nice winter weather we were blessed with for weeks, was suddenly replaced by warm air masses from the south, and many countries in Europe have set new all-time high winter temperature records the last couple of days. The snow has disappeared also in the mountains close to Bergen, so this weekend you have to enjoy them by foot.

Vacant positions
Direktør ved Bjerknessenteret for klimaforskning – åremålsstilling
University of Bergen
New deadline: 16 March 2021

PhD Research Fellow in Climate Dynamics at the Department of Earth Science
University of Bergen
Deadline: 1st April 2021
Mari Fjalstad Jensen, Morven Muilwijk, Helge Drange, Gudrun Sylte and Andreas Opsvik have contributed to the new TV series "Klimavenn" on NRK Skole. Mari and Morven appearing in person in the series, helping families with tips and climate facts in order to test a more climate friendly daily life. The series is mainly for school children, but can be interesting and fun for all ages. The film is a cooperation between Pandora Film and RealfagUiB.

Read more:  Klimavenn – Hva kan du og jeg gjøre for kloden? (

Ellen Grong
PhD Forum:
Very popular seminar on academic CV building
On Monday, 22nd  February, the first of two seminars led by Mahaut and Friederike took place and it was a great success. About 20 students had signed up for the session on “how to build your academic CV”. In a 2 hours virtual meeting Mahaut and Friederike explained which aspects should be covered in a CV to pave the way for a successful career in academia. We discussed which qualifications are required and how to outline them in a CV.
This was greatly welcomed by students at the beginning of their PhD journey, since they got inputs for the development of a strategy. More advanced students could benefit from exemplary CV’s provided by Friederike and tips from Mahaut on how to present your CV in an adequate way.
Many questions from the participants made this an interactive forum and might show the wish for a longer and in-depth workshop on this topic.  
On 15th March, we will have the second seminar with our research advisor duo, this time presenting “funding opportunities during and right after a PhD contract”. An invitation with sign-up link will be sent out soon.
Sonja Wahl
The Bjerknes PhD Forum
The Bjerknes PhD Forum is open for all PhDs affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre.
The Forum intends to create a community for international and Norwegian PhD students from different research areas during their time in Bergen.
Our aim is to facilitate exchange among new and advanced PhD students as well as to distribute and preserve knowledge about “the way things work”.
We meet about once a month to network and discuss different aspects of the academic career and/or life in Bergen. Visiting PhD students and interns are welcome to join our activities.
The current PhD Forum Board members are:
Sonja Wahl (leader) –
Maaike Zwier (co-leader) -
Elina Efstathiou (contact person for new PhDs) -
New faces
A warm welcome to new and returning members of the Bjerknes community!
Iselin Medhaug started working at NORCE as a senior advisor from February 1, and she is the coordinator of Climate Futures.  In Climate Futures, she will mainly be responsible for stakeholder interaction, community building and coordinating the activities in the center. Iselin has a PhD in climate dynamics from the UiB (GFI) where she was also a part of the Bjerknes center.
Maria Salem will be working some months as a research assistant on the Fast-Track Initiative Quantifying Earth System Interactions across the Mid-Pleistocene Transition at GEO, supervised by Jo Brendryen. She has a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences.
New publications 
Gowan, E.J., Zhang, X., Khosravi, S. et al. including Hughes, A., Mangerud J., Svendsen J.I. (2021): A new global ice sheet reconstruction for the past 80 000 years. Nat Commun 121199 ,

Heinze,  C., Blenckner, Martins, H , Rusiecka, D. Döscher, R., Gehlen, M., Gruber, N., Holland, E., Hov, Ø., Joos, F., Brian, J. Matthews, R., Rødven, R.,Simon Wilson, S.(2020): The quiet crossing of ocean tipping points, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008478118

Zhao, Y. et al including Birks, J.B. (2020): Temperature reconstructions for the last 1.74-Ma on the eastern
Tibetan Plateau based on a novel pollen-based quantitative method, Global and Planetary Change, 199,

Roberts EM, Bowers DG, Meyer HK, Samuelsen A, Rapp HT, Cárdenas P (2021) :Water masses constrain the distribution of deep-sea sponges in the North Atlantic Ocean and Nordic Seas. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 659:75-96.

Spensberger, C., & Spengler, T. (2021). Sensitivity of air‐sea heat exchange in cold‐air outbreaks to model resolution and sea‐ice distribution. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 126, e2020JD033610.

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The portrait

Basile de Fleurian
How long have you been at BCCR?
Since December 2015
Engineer degree and PhD in Earth Science

I grew up close to Lyon (France) before moving to Paris for a few years to get my Engineer degree. I gladly moved back to Grenoble and the mountains to get on with my PhD. After that I took somewhat of a long sabbatical doing atmospheric chemistry in Antarctica. I then got on with Post-Doc life first in Grenoble, then in California before ending up in Bergen.
What is it you do exactly at work?
My main occupation is to translate real world physics into mathematical equations that can be solved by the computer sitting on my desk. I am mostly interested by what happens at the base of glaciers where the interaction between the ice, the rock and sometimes water define most of the dynamics of glaciers. I can then apply these models to get a better understanding of those processes and their potential evolution.
Why climate research?
I define myself more has a glaciologist than a climate scientist. My main interest is to understand the physics of the glaciers and their dynamics to evaluate how they will be impacted by a change in climate.
What extracurricular activities do you have?
I used to ski a lot and start hiking when the snow was melted. Nowadays it seems that taking care of my daughter is taking precedence over that (we still hike and ski altogether though).
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
I mostly listen to the sound of silence, but it is a good song too.
Your favourite food?
Cheese, but I hope I am allowed bread to go with it.
The best and worst about Bergen? 
I really enjoy the low commitment to go hiking around which is nice when the weather is not so good. I miss a bit a diversity of landscapes, fjords are amazing but sometimes I would enjoy rolling hills with cows
Upcoming CHESS courses 
Communication skills in outreach and teaching
Writing successful project proposals – From idea to project: preparing a draft proposal
Ocean/Atmosphere Time Series Analysis: Theory and Practice
Our first call for CHESS activities is open, here is the post on our website:
1st Call for CHESS Activities 2021 is open until April!
Bjerknes in the news
Shantymann og seilskutedirektør i medvind                   
Bergensavisen  26.02.2021
Ny forskning: Vippepunkter i havet går under radaren               
Energi og Klima 24.02.2021 Christoph Heinze            
Sjå opptak av Avspark nullutslepp 2030             
Stord kommune 23.02.2021 Tore Furevik 
Ein legoninja rekrutterar seler til overvåkningsarbeid        23.02.2021 Elin Darelius, Petra Langebroek 
En god morgen å lete etter oransje bøyer på          19.02.2021 Elin Darelius 
Nå er det i spesielt én sektor Siri Kalvig og Nysnø leter etter investeringsobjekt          
Energi og Klima 18.02.2021 
Følg Stord sin klima-kickoff her             
Sunnhordland   17.02.2021 Tore Furevik 
Ekspertintervjuet: Havsirkulasjonen svekkes i Nord-Atlanteren              
Energi og Klima 17.02.2021 Ulysses Ninnemann, Pål Tore Mørkved 
- Det vil bli endringer i hele Norge                      
CICERO 15.02.2021 
- Nei, en skikkelig kuldeperiode betyr ikke at vi ikke har global oppvarming                 
NRK Vestland  14.02.2021 Erik Kolstad
Upcoming events
ECRA 10 years anniversary event
10 March, online
Arctic Science Summit Week
23-26 March 2021, Online
vEGU21 : Gather Online
19–30 April 2021
Polar Early Career Conference
5th-6th May, online
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
International workshop for mid-latitude air-sea interaction
June 8-9 online,  June 12-14 online and in-face, Sapporo, Japan
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
Funding opportunities
NFR: Hosting Events
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Support for communication and dissemination
Deadline: Open ended
NFR: Personal overseas grant for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Personal overseas grant for Researchers
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Support for hosting a research visit of 1-12 months
Deadline: Open-ended
ERC Starting Grants
Deadline: 9 March
ERC Consolidator Grants
Deadline:20 April
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 8 April 2021
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