Friday 27 August  2021, No 14, Week 34
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Director's note

As we are slowly emerging from the pandemic and enjoy face-to-face meetings, lunches and coffee breaks, the worlds power consumption has risen sharply in the first half of 2021, compared with the first half of 2019. The world is even more power hungry after the epidemic, and the consumption growth in TWh is larger than the growth in new solar and wind capacity Combined with reduced nuclear power production, this has contributed to strong growth in emission-intensive coal powered energy causing a rise in global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. So, despite the drop in carbon emissions during the pandemic, we are in the middle of a rapid black restart instead of a green recovery.

Earlier this week I gave a climate update talk for the BKK board (one of the largest power grid owners in Norway) and many of the questions were curiously focused on CO2 emissions and the role of the ocean as a buffer—‘how will climate change affect our coastal waters and fjords’? I was very happy to be able to provide the board with the link to the recent expert interview with Are Olsen in Energi og Klima where he gives an in-depth explanation for why the natural buffers for CO2 become less effective in a warmer world. So far, the sea and photosynthesis on land have slowed warming. But the warmer it gets, the less that effect will help us. This is a fine example of how we BCCR scientists can use our expertise to support policymakers, corporate stakeholders, educators, and the general public in their work, awareness and decision making. My goal is to engage more BCCR scientist to translate their research for the broader public, reaching a greater audience, and increasing our impact. The latter is also why BCCR was actively present during ‘Arendalsuka’ bridging science and policy, convening debates with key decision-makers in public and private sectors to enhance BCCRs national profile and impact.

After witnessing several debates on climate and energy with leading Norwegian politicians during Arendalsuka, I am not overly optimistic when it comes to Norway’s role in curbing our emissions to meet the Paris agreement. But, whether our politicians want to discuss ending oil exploration or not oil & gas will be hot topics in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November, where Denmark and Costa Rica will launch an alliance: The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) to speed up the end of oil and gas. We need action now.  The problem is, to quote the famous professor of rhetoric Georg Johannesen «Å handle er et vanskelig språk» (To act is a difficult language).
Enjoy a sunny weekend and good running to the BCCR marathon runners that will participate in the Bergen City Marathon on Saturday!

Quote from Georg Johannesen's plaza behind the Student centre at UIB: "To act is a difficult language"

Photo: US Ninnemann. 
Bjerknes at the annual democracy festival Arendalsuka
As society slowly is going back to normal, the annual democracy festival Arendalsuka again gathered politicians, business life and organizations.
The BCCR & Climate Futures where present with debates, with Kikki starting the week Monday evening at NRK kicking off the national election (valkamp) on NRK.

Kikki is on air ca 30 minutes into the live broadcast  
Vigdis Vandvik had a keynote in the main program, at the main climate discussion with the leaders of all the main political parties

Find all the debates here, all of them in Norwegian 😊
New PhD in town: Morven Muilwijk
Congratulations, Dr. Muilwijk! Morven successfully defended his PhD thesis on 19. August on "Atlantic Water in the Arctic Ocean - Mechanisms and Impacts".
His supervisors were Professors Helge Drange and Lars Henrik Smedsrud. Opponents were Dr. Céline Heuzé, University of Gothenburg and Associate Professor Bruno Tremblay, McGill University.
Many congratulations to you, Morven!       

From left: Helge Drange, Morven Muilwijk and Lars Henrik Smedsrud. Photo: Andreas H.O.
New faces
A warm welcome to our newly arrived "bjerknesians"!
Marit Løland is a new PhD research fellow at GEO with paleoclimate as her field, and she will be a part of the Global climate research theme at the Bjerknes Centre. She is Norwegian.
Daniel Gunning comes from UK, and just started in a PhD research fellow position at GEO. He will have a desk in Jahnebakken 5. His field is geology and glasiology. Daniel will be part of the Polar research theme.

Katrina Nilsson-Kerr is a new postdoc at GEO, where she has a Marie-Skcłowdoska Curie Individual Fellowship.
Katrina is British and her field is Paleoclimate/Paleoceanography. She will be affiliated to the Global research theme at the Bjerknes Centre.
Morgane Demeaux from France has started in a PhD research fellow position at BIO. Her field is Climate impact on the biodiversity and the functioning of alpine soil ecosystems. She will be affiliated to the Carbon system research theme.

New publications 
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Guttu, S.; Orsolini, Y.; Stordal, F.; Otterå, O.H.; Omrani, N.-E.; Tartaglione, N.; Verronen, P.T.; Rodger, C.J.; Clilverd, M.A. (2021): Impacts of UV Irradiance and Medium-Energy Electron Precipitation on the North Atlantic Oscillation during the 11-Year Solar Cycle. Atmosphere 2021, 12, 1029. atmos12081029

Outten S. and S. Sobolowski (2021): Extreme wind projections over Europe from the Euro-CORDEX regional climate models, Weather and Climate Extremes, 33, 100363, doi:10.1016/j.wace.2021.100363

Payne, A. J., Nowicki, S., Abe-Ouchi, A., Agosta, C., Alexander, P., Albrecht, T., et al including Goelzer, H. (2021):. (2021). Future sea level change under coupled model intercomparison project phase 5 and phase 6 scenarios from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091741.

Solomon, A., Heuzé, C., Rabe, B., Bacon, S., Bertino, L., Heimbach, P., Inoue, J., Iovino, D., Mottram, R., Zhang, X., Aksenov, Y., McAdam, R., Nguyen, A., Raj, R. P., and Tang, H.(2021) : Freshwater in the Arctic Ocean 2010–2019, Ocean Sci., 17, 1081–1102,

Older publications
The Portrait

Name: Kristine Steinsland
Position: PhD student
How long have you been at BCCR: Soon two years, from October 2019. 
Education: MSc in marine geology and geophysics 

Background: I did my masters here at the University of Bergen in the wonderful Realfagsbygget, before moving the few meters to GFI for my PhD. I did an exchange to the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and studies at UNIS in Svalbard. 
What is it you do exactly at work: I reconstruct sea ice cover, surface ocean hydrography, and deep ocean currents during the Last Interglacial (~116.000-128.000 years). Most of my time I spend on a microscope counting dinoflagellate cyst (microfossil) assemblages, or I'm in the organic geochemistry lab at AWI working with biomarkers. 
Why climate research: Because I wanted to save the world of course, or at least something in that direction... I started with geology quite blindly, not really knowing what I was going into. I quickly realized that I was drawn to studies about oceans and ice and the processes that change the Earth's climate on different timescales from the formation of the Earth until today. 
What extracurricular activities do you have? I am a very standard GFI-located PhD student; I climb, run, and hike. Else I am off doing something with my newfound hobbies, sailing and windsurfing (which also includes watching a lot of YouTube videos). 
Do you have a favourite song, band or Artist? A hard question! I love a lot of different music. To choose an all-time and forever love I will say Radiohead. I am currently addicted to the French artist Thylacine - who composed and recorded an entire album on the Transsiberian! (!!) 
Favorite food: Crab, and cheese (not combined). 
The best and worst about Bergen: The best is the fact that you can be in the city centre and on top of a byfjell in 40 min if you want! And that everyone is SO happy on the sunny days, including me!  I am not in love with the cruise ships in the summer and I miss a market culture. 
Bjerknes in the news
Kaldere hav i et varmere klima
Aftenposten 26.8.21, Helene Asbjørnsen, Marius Årthun
Ingvild (61) om øyeblikket: – Da ble jeg for alvor en gamling med klimaangst
TV2 27.8.21 Helge Drange
Klimarapporten: Naturlige buffere blir mindre effektive             
Energi og Klima 12.08.2021 Are Olsen 
Dramatisk ny klimarapport: Hvorfor er klimaforskerne enda sikrere i sin sak denne gangen?             
Forskersonen 13.08.2021 Asgeir Sorteberg 
Høge ambisjonar om Vestland som leiande region globalt                 
Grenda 13.08.2021 
«I 2100 er det sjøvann her vi sitter nå.»             
Fædrelandsvennen  24.08.2021 
Ekspertintervjuet: Derfor er Klimapanelet så bastante nå                 
Energi og Klima 23.08.2021 Asgeir Sorteberg 
Nordmenn er blant verdas mest klimaskeptiske folk. Spesielt éin årsak trekker ekspertane fram    
ABC Nyheter 21.08.2021 Kikki Kleiven 
Climate Futures varsler økt sannsynlighet for mild september i Norge                 
NORCE 19.08.2021 Erik Kolstad 
- I ekstrem vind kan vi gå for full maskin og likevel stå stille              
Energi og Klima 19.08.2021 Øyvind Paasche 
Rosendal var mellombels kraftsentrum             
Grenda 17.08.2021 
Kode rød                        
VG Nett 15.08.2021 Tore Furevik
Vacant position
Kommunikasjonsmedarbeidar (førstekonsulent) - vikariat 
Deadline: 29 August 2021
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:
Vår Dundas (leader) -
Anna-Marie Strehl (co-leader) -
Jakob Simon Dörr -
Karl Guy Romeo Purcell (contact person for new PhDs) -
Maaike Zwier -
Paul Lucas Halas -
Upcoming events
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
Summer School on glacier-climate change
September 6-11, Iceland
WCRP workshop on attribution of  multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system
22-24 September 2021,  Online
Workshop: Multi-annual to Decadal Climate Predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic

20 – 22 September 2021   Event in Bergen or Copenhagen tbc
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
Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2021 
27-29 September 2021, Bergen
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  
Integral projection models (IPM): From population ecology to climate change studies, 30 August – 3 September 2021 
Summer school: Surface change in a warmer and wetter Arctic, 6-11 September 2021 
Communication skills in outreach and teaching workshop, 13-17 September 2021 
XRF core scanning for paleoclimate reconstructions in the Arctic, 27-29 September 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
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
DIKU Research-Education cooperation Iceland-Norway
NFR/Svalbard Strategic Grant
Open-ended (latest permitted project start: 01 Oct 2021)
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
NFR, EJP Soil. European Joint Programme on Soil - First external Call
Deadline: 7 September 2021
NFR Research School
Deadline: 15 September 
Fulbright Research/lecture visit to USA
Deadline:1 October
Fulbright Arctic Chair Research/lecture visit to USA
Deadline:1 October
Fulbright studentstipend Student mobility to USA
Deadline: 1 October
CAS – Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 1-year research project
Deadline: 18 October
ERC-2022-SyG Collaboration project with outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect
Deadline: tentative 10 Nov .(call opens 15 July)
ERC-2022-StG Ground-breaking research for early career scientists ERC Starting Grants 2022
13 January (call opens 23 Sep 2021)
ERC-2022-CoG Research project (establish/strengthen your research team) ERC Consolidator Grants 2022
Deadline: tentative 17 March (call opens 19 Oct 2021)
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