Friday 29 January 2021, No 2, Week 4
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Director's note

How can we improve?

The Bjerknes administration has started the tedious work of collecting all the materials we need for our annual report. For the first time in history, we will have an online version only, but the quality will be as high as before. Please answer email requests promptly, as it will save time for all of us. You will be haunted until you answer.
Web of Science has registered 241 Bjerknes publications in 2020, exactly the same number as last year. There should have been more, but it too often happens that the Bjerknes name is forgotten when papers are submitted. So please remember to take part in the branding of our centre. We can congratulate Kerim Nisancioglu, Yongqi Gao, Vigdis Vandvik, Chuncheng Guo and Jürg Schwinger who all had ten publications or more last year.
We can always improve, as individuals and as a centre. To kick start discussions on how to best use our funding for the upcoming five years, you have all been invited to take part in a survey about what you like and dislike with the way we are organised and spend funding (email from Gudrun). The results will feed into discussions in the research teams, leader group and board, so please give us your advice on how we can improve.
Last year there were 11 PhD defences at the Bjerknes Centre. First out this year was Leonidas Tsopouridis, who few hours ago defended his thesis on the influence of sea surface temperatures on cyclones in the Gulf Stream and Kuroshio regions. Besides his PhD work, Leonidas has been an excellent representative for the early career scientists at the Centre, both by leading the PhD forum but also for representing the PhD students in the leader group. A big applause to Leonidas.
With the risks of repeating myself: It is a perfect winter weather, with excellent skiing conditions and mostly sunshine for another 10 days. I hope you find some time to enjoy it despite the fast-approaching February call from the Research Council. 
PhD defense: Leonidas Tsopouridis
Today Leonidas has successfully, via Zoom, defended his PhD thesis entitled "On the Influence of Sea Surface Temperatures on Cyclone Characteristics in the Gulf Stream and Kuroshio Region".

Many congratulations from all of us at the Bjerknes Centre!

Ellen Grong
Survey for the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
Dear all,
As our governmental funding has been extended until 2026, the BCCR leader group will set up a new strategy for the coming years.
We invite you all to answer an anonymised survey on the organization and how we spend our funding. Estimated time is 10-20 minutes, depending on the comment sections.
Your feedback is very important!
Please find the survey here
Deadline: Wednesday February 3.
Gudrun Sylte
Vacant position
Temporary position as a scientific programmer
Deadline: 31 January 2021
Postdoctoral researcher in regional ocean skill assessment of ESM
Deadline: 31st January 2021
2-year postdoctoral researcher position in regional ocean modeling
Deadline: 14th February 2021
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) -
Keeping up the spirit!
Although we haven’t been as active as we usually are, the PhD Forum organized some events in 2020 to offer a place for (digital) social interaction.
We met outside for a guided tour of mushroom picking, played games online, had a course on body language and celebrated the end of the year with a julebord. (Picture Credit: Elina and Sonja)
Besides social networking, we will discuss “proposal writing and funding options” in the upcoming PhD Forum meetings.
Sonja Wahl
BCCR/GFI seminars
Hey all,
the BCCR seminar is looking for speakers for the upcoming weeks! As of
now, there are no scheduled talks. We would again aim for Mondays 14:15
- 15:30, but as the seminar will still be online, we are of course
flexible. So please feel free to fill out the seminar form
( if you want to share
your research with our community.
In order to fully utilize the "potential" that the current
online-situation provides us with, we would again like to welcome
speakers from outside our institutes to give a talk. So if you know a
colleague whose work and expertise are of interest to our center, feel
free to advertise our seminar to them.
In case of questions just contact us:
All the best,
Laura and Marvin
New publications 
Le Bras, I., F .Straneo, M. Muilwijk, L.H. Smedsrud, F.i Li, M. S. Lozier, and N. P.Holliday. "How much Arctic fresh water participates in the subpolar overturning circulation?." Journal of Physical Oceanography (2021).

Xiaozi L., Tvinnereim, E., Grimsrud, K.M. ,Lindhjem, H., Velle, L.G.,Saure, I., Lee, H. (2021) Explaining landscape preference heterogeneity using machine learning-based survey analysis, Landscape Research, DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2020.1867713

Lunt, D. J., Bragg, F., Chan, W.-L., Hutchinson, D. K., Ladant, J.-B., Morozova, P., Niezgodzki, I., Steinig, S., Zhang, Z., Zhu, J., Abe-Ouchi, A., Anagnostou, E., de Boer, A. M., Coxall, H. K., Donnadieu, Y., Foster, G., Inglis, G. N., Knorr, G., Langebroek, P. M., Lear, C. H., Lohmann, G., Poulsen, C. J., Sepulchre, P., Tierney, J. E., Valdes, P. J., Volodin, E. M., Dunkley Jones, T., Hollis, C. J., Huber, M., and Otto-Bliesner, B. L.: DeepMIP: model intercomparison of early Eocene climatic optimum (EECO) large-scale climate features and comparison with proxy data, Clim. Past, 17, 203–227,, 2021.           

Morée, A. L., Sun, T., Bretones, A., Straume, E. O., Nisancioglu, K., & Gebbie, G. (2021). Cancellation of the precessional cycle in δ18O records during the Early Pleistocene. Geophysical Research Letters, 48. 

Palenik, J., T. Spengler, and H. Hauser, 2020: IsoTrotter: Visually Guided Empirical Modelling of Atmospheric Convection. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2020.3030389

Spensberger, C., M. J. Reeder, T. Spengler, and M. Patterson, 2020: The connection between the Southern Annular Mode and a feature-based perspective on Southern Hemisphere mid- latitude winter variability J. Clim., 33, 115-129, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0224.1

van der Bilt W.G. M., Cederstrøm J.M., Støren E. W. N., Berben S. M. P., Rutledal S.(2021): Rapid Tephra Identification in Geological Archives With Computed Tomography: Experimental Results and Natural Applications, Frontiers in Earth Science , 8 ,DOI=10.3389/feart.2020.622386   

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New faces
A warm welcome to our new members of the Bjerknes Centre! This time, NORCE, Institute of Marine Research and UiB Department of Biological Sciences are represented.
Stefan Thiele is a postdoc from Germany, working at the Department of Biological Sciences at UiB. He started in July 2020 and his field is microbial ecology and marine microbiology. He will be affiliated with the Polar Climate Research Theme.
Laurène Merillet is hired as a postdoc at the Institute of Marine Research from January  2021. She comes from France and has a PhD in Marine Ecology. Laurène will also be affiliated with the Polar Climate Research Theme.
Silje Lund Sørland has started in a permanent position at NORCE as Researcher II. Her field is regional climate, regional climate modeling and climate services. She is Norwegian and will be affiliated with the Global Climate Research Theme.
Tarje I. Wanvik is a senior researcher and research director at NORCE Climate, where he coordinates the corporate, cross-divisional strategic focus area “Climate Risk”. He also holds the position as research fellow at Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at University of Bergen.
Bjerknes in the news
Fem på fredag: USA inn i Paris-avtalen - EU-banker ut med gassen!                    
Energi og Klima 22.01.2021, Tore Furevik
Ekspertintervjuet: Ustabile isbremmer i Antarktis                       
Energi og Klima 20.01.2021, Elin Darelius
Ekspertintervjuet: Grønlandsisen nær vippepunktet                   
Energi og Klima 18.01.2021, Kerim Nisancioglu
En koronautvidet tur                 
Forskersonen    16.01.2021 Vår Dundas
Trollet under broen             15.01.2021 Øyvind Paasche, Eivind Støren 
CHESS upcoming courses 
Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Ocean
15-19 February & 15-19 March 2021 
“Climate change in a societal perspective” seminar
3-4 March 2021 
Creating Scientific Illustrations
8-12 March 2021
Upcoming events
WCRP-CLIVAR Workshop on Climate Interactions among the Tropical Basins
February 24-26. Online
Arctic Science Summit Week
23-26 March 2021, Online
vEGU21 : Gather Online
19–30 April 2021
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
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
NFR, Researcher projects for Scientific Renewal
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR: Researcher projects for Young Research Talents
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR. Three-year Researcher Project with International Mobility
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR Deadlines Feb 2021 - KLIMAFORSK-Climate system call
10 February 2021 - deadline for research projects in different NFR programs
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 8 April 2021
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