Friday 8 October  2021, No 17, Week 40
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Director's note
Let me start by saying thank you for contributing to and actively participating in this year’s Bjerknes Annual Meeting. If I counted correctly, almost ¼ at the Bjerknes crowd at Grand had not previously participated on a BAM, and I hope that you especially enjoyed the meeting and found it useful. The Bjerknes leader group had a sum-up meeting with the Scientific Advisory Board the day after BAM, which gave us very good and useful feedback on the finalized strategic projects, synthesis projects and our ongoing research.  When the SAC has finalized their written report, it will be distributed in the research theme groups.  
Almost directly following the BAM, we hosted a visit from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s (UD) communication group. They wanted updated climate knowledge and examples of ongoing research at Bjerknes.  Asgeir, Tor, Øyvind, Silje, Noel and Kerim presented research and projects for the UD staff ranging from the latest IPCC report, via sea ice, geopolitics, and Arctic synoptic surveys to seasonal forecasting in East Africa, marine ecosystem prediction for sustainable management in the south and tropical Atlantic and climate narratives in Greenland vs the Pacific Islands. The update was very well received! At Bjerknes, we know that scientific collaboration among nations is important to address common problems and build constructive international partnerships.  We have had rewarding experiences collaborating with UD in several formal and informal research-based and academic exchanges and look forward to more collaboration in the future.
Climate scientist world-wide are having a well-deserved moment recognizing and celebrating the exiting news this week that professors Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann together with Giorgio Parisi have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics. Manabe and Hasselmann were pioneers on developing climate models—making predictions of global warming and modern weather forecasting possible. There is a direct line from the early model predictions of global warming made 50 years ago to the complex IPCC AR6 earth system models ability to predict levels of warming, and to attribute extreme weather directly to climate change. Today, climate models are our main window into how global warming works and our current concern with climate change hinges on the developments originating from the innovative and groundbreaking works of Manabe and Hasselmann.
This fall we are also celebrating that 125 years ago, on September 9, 1896, Fram returned to Kristiania (Oslo) after 1000 days of operation in the ice, establishing Norway as a polar nation. The man leading the Fram expedition was Fridtjof Nansen and on October 10, 2021 it is 160 years since he was born. Nansen is best known as a polar explorer, but was also a scientist, writer, diplomat and philanthropist. He was internationally famous for his achievements in Greenland and the Arctic. To learn more about Nansen, the time he spent in Bergen as a student, his collaboration with Bergen museum and his legacy,  I urge you to visit the Nansen exhibition at the University library that opens today!
My best wishes for a rainy, mild, and wonderfully Bergen weekend!

Asgeir presenting for the visiting Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s (UD) communication group. Photo: Kerim
Save the dates for Bjerknes Getaway Seminar 2022
The traditional Bjerknes Getaway will take place in Geilo at Dr. Holms Hotel
January 12-14 2022.
More information and a sign-up-form will be announced later this fall.
Exploring Future Polar Climates
The H2020 project PolarRES held a very successful Kick-Off meeting on the 4th-6th of October. There was great excitement and enthusiasm in the consortium which consisted of more than 50 people from around the world, including many EU states, Russia, China, Japan, USA, UK. Ambitious plans for the coming year were presented along with some impressive progress, even though the project just started a month ago! Needless to say, our Bjerknes colleagues Hanna Lee, Jørund Strømsøe, Siv Lauvset, Trond Dokken, and Xavier Levine, were a big part of making the meeting a great success. Over the next four years, the PolarRES project will significantly improve climate change projections in the Arctic and Antarctica, and provide strong support to impact assessments in the Polar Regions. Find out more on our webpage:

Priscilla Mooney
Nansen Legacy at University Library Exhibition
Today, Friday 8 October is the opening day for the exhibition “Nansen og bergenserne”. This is an exhibition on Fridtjof Nansen and his work here in Bergen. The exhibition is part of the UiB 75th anniversary celebration, and shows the university’s roots back to the establishment of the Bergen Museum in 1825.
In the context of bridging Nansens work up to modern research, the Nansen Legacy is a part of the exhibition.
I am very happy that Filippa Fransner, Nil, Irvali, Jakob Dörr, Stefan Thiele, Johanne Skrefsrud and Tom Langbehn all joined in for a short portrait as a researcher with a personal touch, with lots of positivity and time to shoot portraits at the west coast of Sotra. The artist Sasha Azanova has made video portraits, both for the web and the physical exhibition at the Library.
The opening is  Friday 1130-1200 at the University Library.  

Photos below: Nansen at work (Marcus,UiB), Researchers at work (Christian Morel/Arven etter Nansen)
Polar Pint of Science
Monday 11. October the Nansen Legacy has a Polar Pint of Science event in Bergen, Tromsø, Longyearbyen and Oslo.
Jakob Dörr is organizing the event here in Bergen. It will be at Stereo, Monday at 7 PM. Elena, Efstathiou, Stefan Thiele and Heather Cannaby will be on stage.
Read more  & please sign up before it will be fully booked😊  

Ragnhild Gya, a bingo board, and digital coffee breaks with scientists (Photos: Ragnhild Gya, Anne Birk, Forskningsdagene)
Bjerknes Centre at Forskningsdagene
Forskningsdagene (National Science Days) is an annual festival to promote research, arranged by the Norwegian Research Council and numerous organisers throughout the country. For the Bjerknes Centre, Ragnhild Gya visited two Bergen schools with a scientific bingo board:
“We asked them to find anything from “something alive and something dead” to “a flowering gras”. The pupils immediately started running around and wanted to find everything and get “bingo” first. In addition we investigated how old trees in the forest around their school was by drilling into it an extracting tree-cores to count tree rings from. The pupils were very excited to drill into the trees themselves and found that the trees where much older than themselves. We were very impressed with the level of knowledge on these 6th graders – the future is bright with these ones!”
In addition, Svein Østerhus and Silje Lund Sørland did scientific coffee breaks with the National Science Days ambassador and science influencer Andreas Wahl.
  Andreas H.O.
New faces
We are happy to introduce four new members of the Bjerknes Centre:
From top left: Joeran Maerz from Germany is a new researcher at the Geophysical institute, BCCR Carbon theme, Tarkeshwar Singh from India is a new researcher at NERSC, BCCR Climate Hazards, Ondřej Mottl from Czechia is a new postdoc at BIO, BCCR Global theme , Matvey Debolskiy from Russia is a postdoc at NORCE, BCCR Carbon System research theme.

Welcome to you all!

Ellen G.
Finally we were able to gather again!
Øyvind Paasche captured this great view from the stage at Bjerknes Annual Meeting  (BAM) last week. Here Gudrun is at the microphone in front of a large Bjerknes audience. Many good talks and group work, as well as time to chat over lunch and dinner was included in the program at Grand.

Ellen G.
The portrait

Name: David Chandler 
Position: Postdoc 
How long have you been at BCCR? Since April 2020. 
Education: BSc Geophysics at the University of East Anglia (UK), then a PhD in glaciology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK). 
Background: Quite mixed – I started with fieldwork and modelling of alpine glaciers, and then moved on to Greenland subglacial hydrology. After that I worked as an arborist for several years, in the Scottish Highlands and then in New Zealand. Climbing trees was interesting and fun but it’s great to be back in research again. Although, having started glaciology in the UK (where there are no glaciers) and having recently moved from New Zealand to Bergen to study the Southern Ocean, maybe geography is not my strong point! 
What is it you do exactly at work? My main focus now is Antarctic Ice Sheet modelling and Southern Ocean paleoclimate reconstructions over the last couple of glacial cycles. That’s part of the EU-funded TiPACCs project. The broad aim is to better understand how the Antarctic Ice Sheet responded to warmer-than-present conditions in the last interglacial, which will help us predict ice sheet response to future warming. There are a lot of unknowns to tackle in ice sheet modelling, especially over these long time scales. A couple of my current interests are in the basal processes (sliding and hydrology), and in how to reconstruct past ocean temperatures around Antarctica. 
Why climate research? 

I was originally attracted to glaciology as a way of investigating some fascinating problems in great places. Now the motivation is perhaps more linked to the bigger picture of sea-level rise. Whatever eventually happens with climate policy and carbon emissions, sea-level projections will remain important for the coming decades, and understanding ice sheets is quite useful in that respect. 
What extracurricular activities do you have? 
I like being out in the mountains (hiking, running, skiing, climbing). When I’m at home I like drinking tea and making things out of wood. 
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist? 
Not really! Various rock and folk bands. At work usually electronic music. 
Your favourite food? 
I like good curries but it’s hard to beat a simple baked potato. 
The best and worst about Bergen? 
Best aspects are the easy access to fun trails for running in the hills around town, and the friendly people. Also I’m really hoping that cold snowy winters are the new normal, not an exception! 
Worst is that Bergen seems very big to us, and there aren’t many pubs outside the centre. 
New publications 
Send us information about new publications:
Chandler, D., Langebroek, P (2021): Southern Ocean sea surface temperature synthesis: Part 1. Evaluation of temperature proxies at glacial-interglacial time scales, Quaternary Science Reviews, 271, 107191, ISSN 0277-3791,

Chandler, D. Langebroek, P. (2021): Southern Ocean sea surface temperature synthesis: Part 2. Penultimate glacial and last interglacial, Quaternary Science Reviews, 271, 107190,ISSN 0277-3791,

Svendsen, L., Keenlyside, N., Muilwijk, M., Bethke, I., Omrani, N.-E., Gao, Y.(2021):  Pacific contribution to decadal surface temperature trends in the Arctic during the twentieth century. Climate Dynamics (2021).

Svendsen, L. (2021): Chapter 18 - The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and Indian summer monsoon variability: a revisit. In J. Chowdary, A. Parekh, & C. Gnanaseelan (Eds.), Indian Summer Monsoon Variability (pp. 353-374): Elsevier.

Info on how to include BCCR in your publications.
Older publications
BCCR/GFI Seminar
Next upcoming seminar:
Title: Shutdown of Southern Ocean convection controls long-term greenhouse gas-induced warming
Speaker: Ada Gjermundsen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Venue: 19.10.2021 14:15 – 15:00, Bjerknes lecture room 4020, Jahnebakken 5
International Quaternary Webinar
October 13th at 3 PM: Sandra Nogue-Bosch, Southampton University, UK
“The human dimension of biodiversity changes on islands“
[Nogue et al., 2021]

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Vacant positions
PhD position in Paleoceanography and Paleogenomics
NORCE Climate and Environment department
Deadline: 22 October 2021
PhD Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 21 October 2021
Bjerknes in the news
Fann fleire tusen år gamle trestokkar                   
Fjordabladet 08.10.2021 Atle Nesje
Planter klimaskog i Norge - forsker kaller det en farlig idé                   Pluss 07.10.2021
Nedbøren har økt kraftig i Norge de siste tiårene. Og mer skal det bli.                  
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De livsviktige klimatjenestene                 
Bistandsaktuelt 04.10.2021, Erik Kolstad
PolarRES: Undersøker fremtidens klima i polare områder                           
NORCE 04.10.2021, Priscilla Mooney, Siv Lauvset, Hanna Lee
Forsker mener det offentlige burde gjort mer for å unngå værskader                   
FinansWatch 04.10.2021, Erik Kolstad
Sjeføkonom tror høy oljepris kan gi mer til grønn omstilling                       
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Oljeselskaper setter klimamål: - Grønnvasking                
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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.

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Jakob Simon Dörr -
Karl Guy Romeo Purcell (contact person for new PhDs) -
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Paul Lucas Halas -
Upcoming events
Virtual OCB pre-Arctic COLORS Data Synthesis Community Meeting
October 18-20, 2021 from 1:00-4:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Marine heatwaves – occurrence, effects, and expected frequencies
Thu, October 28, 2021, The Norwegian Environment Agency
Symposium og årsmøte i Norsk Geofysisk Forening 
28.-29. October, Bergen
Workshop «Water Isotopes: From Weather to Climate»
15-17 November 2021
NorESM user workshop 2021
15-17 November, 2021, Scandic Solli, Oslo
15th Polar Low Workshop
8-10 December 2021 by the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow in a hybrid format
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Earth System Modelling School (EaSyMS) 2021
3-10 December, 2021, Hamburg Germany
Bjerknes Getaway  
Geilo 12-14. January 2022 
“The Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010-2019”.
 April 26-28th, 2022, Scandic Bergen City hotel, Bergen, Norway
14th International Conference
on Paleoceanography

29 August–2 September 2022, Bergen, Norway
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
Upcoming CHESS courses/activities  
An Introduction to FAIR Data Management for Geoscientists, 18-22 October 2021
Advanced Statistics Training for Climate Research, 26-29 October 2021
CHESS/ACDC One Ocean Field Course 2021, from September to November 2021 
5th eScience Tools in Climate Science: Linking Observations with models, 1-10 November 2021
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CAS – Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 1-year research project
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ERC-2022-SyG Collaboration project with outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect
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International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
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13 January (call opens 23 Sep 2021)
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