Friday 21 February 2020, No 4, Week 8
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Director's note

Rajendra Pachauri

The World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi is a major event that gathers state leaders, ministers, film stars, Nobel laurates and other leading scientists. The meeting in February 2015 was particularly important. It set the stage for the UN sustainable development goals and the Paris agreement to be adopted later that year, and it had all the key people present.
Eystein Jansen and I were there by invitation from Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of IPCC since 2002. Pachauri led the fourth and the fifth IPCC assessment reports, received the Nobel peace prize, and travelled all over the world to meet state leaders to urge for climate actions. He personally knew them all. Despite being in his mid-seventies, he had lots of energy, and was, as I remember it, the last person to leave the dance floor after the conference banquet.
Only few days after this peak performance in Delhi, everything fell apart. Facing allegations of sexual harassment, Pachauri resigned as chair of the IPCC and left TERI, the institute he had led since 1980. Several hearings and court trials later, theories still flourish on what had happened and who had benefitted from bringing him down. Thursday last week, this remarkable man passed away.
Here in Norway the Government has decided to halve the climate gas emissions by 2030.  This will not be a walk in the park.  Not because we lack the technologies or the tools, but because there will be people opposing all decisions made by the politicians. We have seen polarized discussions on oil and gas, on power cables, on travel habits, and on meat consumption. We have got “rebellions” against road taxes, land-based wind farms, and electrical ferries. And this week the Facebook group “rebellion against climate hysteria” reached 125 thousand members and is still growing. It is somehow amusing, but also worrying.
Something to look forward to, is the third “next step” event on 5 March. Tickets for the climate concert are soon gone, so don’t wait too long if you plan to go.
I wish you a pleasant weekend. The breaking news is that it will be warm, wet and windy!

New PhD: Carl Regnéll
Congratulations to Carl Regnéll, who defended his PhD at the Bjerknes Centre and Department of Earth Science on February 14. Carl has studied the traces of the ice age in Hardanger and the Polar Ural mountains, and the remains of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet in Northern Sweden.
Read more on his work with LIDAR data to find remnants of a catastrophic flood in the Swedish Pite River Valley:…/ice-dammed-lakes-and-catastrophic….John Inge Svendsen and Haflidi Haflidason have been his supervisors.

Andreas Hadsel Opsvik

Photo: Anne Bjune
5. March – time for the Climate Concert!

Dear all, the 3rd consert in the concert series Neste steg is soon here. As mentioned before, we have a discount code for all Bjerknesians (all partners).
Jostein Bakke, Lea Svendsen and Siri Haugum is our stage team, they are preparing their performance just now. In the Grieghallen foyer you will also meet a group of colleagues presenting their work. A long list of bjerknesians have helped out with the exhibition and school collaboration – you know who you are, many thanks!

This concert is also a collaboration with Borealis, a festival for experimental music.
You can buy discounted tickets here
(enter the discount code: NESTE-STEG when checking out. Price will be updated.)
100,- NOK for students, youth at high school and children

The programme in the foyer starts at 1800 with
 *   Weather station, dripstones, sediment core & shells – Jochen Reuder, Stephan Kral, Nele Meckler, Jenny Maccali, Fabian Bonitz, Tamara Trofimova, Sunniva Rutledal & Anna Hauge Braaten
 *   Pupils from Sotra vgs
 1930 Concert
Bergen Philharmonical Orchestra + Jostein Bakke, Geo/Bjerknes, Lea Svendsen, GFI/Bjerknes, Siri Vatsø Haugum Bio/Bjerknes). English text is available!
Ca 2130 Concert in the Foyer by Jørgen Træen & Stein Urheim, Borealis festival for experimental music

See you there!

Thomas Spengler & Gudrun Sylte

Photo by Gudrun Sylte: Siri Vatsø Haugum rehearsing at Kvarteret on Tuesday
20 years anniversary for the Bjerknes agreement
The Bjerknes agreement was signed in June 2000. We will during this year celebrate the agreement in several settings. We started out with a debate on climate and policy change in January under the headline “På vippen”. During the year we will organize more debates under this heading, stay alert.
In May we will have a jubilee seminar, mainly for organizations,institutions, politicians, cooperations and NGOs.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting (BAM), will be the main jubilee arena for all members of the Bjerknes family. The meeting will take place from Monday 14th-Wednesday 16th of September at Hotel Terminus. The formal jubilee dinner will take place Tuesday 15th, so please save the dates. Ellen will send you a link for attendance at the meeting and dinner later this spring.

Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen
New faces
Name: Laura Dietrich
Position: PhD student at the Geophysical institute, UiB.

Laura is from Germany and has a master's degree in meteorology. Her work is connected to the project SNOWISO, and her field is modelling of athmosphere-cryosphere exchange processes and ice.core (stable water) isotope research. She will be affiliated with the Climate hazards research theme.
Name: Pin-Gin Chiu
Position: Engineer at the Geophysical institute

Pin-Gin comes from Taiwan and has a PhD in atmospheric sciences. He will be doing climate data analyses connected to INES. Pin-Gin will be affiliated with the Global climate research theme.
Name: Øivind Bergh
Position: Senior scientist at IMR

Øivind has been employed at IMR since 1994 and holds a dr.scient degree in general microbiology from UiB. His field of expertise is aquaculture, environmental interactions with aquaculture. He will be affiliated with the Climate hazards research theme at BCCR.
Name: Paul Halas
Position: PhD student at Department of Earth Sciences

Paul is a new PhD student from France, and his field is hydrology/hydrogeology. He will be working with Basile De Fleurian in the SWITtchDyn project, and he will be in the Hazards theme as well.
Name: Kristin Richter
Position: Scientist at NORCE

Kristin has a PhD in physical oceanography and she will be focusing on global and regional sea level change.She is from Germany and her affiliation to BCCR will be within the Climate Hazards theme.
Name: Jenny Maccali
Position: Postdoc at Department of Earth Sciences

Jenny is French and Canadian an has a PhD in isotope geochemistry, At BCCR she will be affiliated with the Global climate theme, and her work is funded through the SapienCE CoE. Her field is isotope geochemistry, U-Th dating and paleoclimate.
Smith-Johnsen, S., de Fleurian, B., Nisancioglu, K.H. (2020). The role of subglacial hydrology in ice streams with elevated geothermal heat flux. Journal of Glaciology 1–10.

Li, W., Chen, J., Li, L., Chen, H., Liu, B., Xu, C.Y. and Li, X.,(2019): Evaluation and bias correction of S2S precipitation for hydrological extremes. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 2019.

Li, L., Pontoppidan, M., Sobolowski, S., and Senatore, A.(2019): The impact of initial conditions on convection-permitting simulations of a flood event over complex mountainous terrain, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 771–791, , 2020

Send us information about new publications:
Vacant positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Observational Physical Oceanography
Deadline: 29 February, 2020
PhD Research fellow position in physical oceanography
Geophysical institute
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Researcher in coupled ice sheet - climate modelling
Deadline:  2 March 2020
BCCR/GFI Seminars
For more information see or
If you know about a guest visiting, have a suggestion about an external speaker you think would interest the Bjerknes community or want to present something yourself, please contact us through our email:
The seminars are scheduled for Monday afternoons at 14:15 in the west-wing auditorium (BCCR undervisningsrom 4020). 
Best regards,
the seminar committee 

Upcoming seminars:
02 March 14:15 Silvia Frisia (Guest of Anna Nele Meckler) TBA
06 March 11:15  Michael Reeder (Guest of Thomas Spengler) 11:15
"Bushfire weather in southern Australia"
16 March 14:15 Max Stevens (Guest of Hans Christian Steen-Larsen)  
"Investigations of physical processes in the snowpack through modeling
and field measurements"
NERSC Seminars
Upcoming seminars can be found here:
Bjerknes in the news
Knut har fått over 100.000 med på «opprør mot klimahysteri»                
VG Nett 20.02.2020, Tore Furevik
Forskere er enige: 1,5-gradersmålet er i praksis umulig å nå                      
ABC Nyheter 19.02.2020, Tore Furevik
Fest og protest               
STOFF   17.02.2020
- Jeg må ærlig si at optimismen avtar og smilet i munnviken stivner                      
ABC Nyheter 17.02.2020 , Kikki Kleiven
15 år sidan Kyoto-avtalen: - Ikkje ein vellykka avtale                     
NRK 15.02.2020, Tore Furevik
Aukande ekstremvêr kan kosta kystsamfunn dyrt                          
Sunnhordland 12.02.2020
Springflo vil komme oftere                       
NRK 11.02.2020, Helge Drange
Klimaforskere: - Steder langs kysten vil ikke klare å holde vannet ute                    
NRK Vestland 11.02.2020 , Helge Drange, Erik Kolstad
Ekspertintervjuet: 30 prosent isfrekvens gir økt risiko hvis klimamålene nås                
Energi og Klima 11.02.2020, Tor Eldevik
Nær rekordmåling i Bergen - endte én centimeter unna               
TV2 10.02.2020, Helge Drange
Isfjell kollapset i Antarktis - - Hele verden beveget seg                 
Dagbladet 09.02.2020, Tore Furevik
Ismusikk på Finse                          
Ballade 07.02.2020
Tonnevis med is raste i havet: - Hele verden beveget seg                           
ABC Nyheter 07.02.2020, Kerim H. Nisancioglu
Klimaforskere: - Stopp bruken av «verst tenkelig»-scenarioet                   
NRK 07.02.2020, Tore Furevik
Upcoming events
The Sixt International Symposium on Arctic Research
2 - 6  March 2020, Tokyo, Japan
Nansen Tutu Center 10th anniversary symposium: Ocean, weather and climate, science to the service of society, 10-12 March 2020  ,Cape Town, South Africa, 10-12 March 2020 
Carbon System research theme meeting
13. March, from 1300 - 1500, in the Helland Hansen meeting room, GFI. 
Polar reserach theme meeting
25 March, Bjerknes lecture room 4020, 11:15-13:00
CHESS Annual Meeting
20 – 24 March 2020 at Hurtigruten
50th Arctic Workshop,
2–4 April 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
15th Polar Low Working Group meeting
13-15 May 2020, Moscow, Russia
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
25–28 May 2020, Pisa, Italy
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
25th - 29th May 2020 Liège, Belgium
“A changing Arctic” 
2-5 June, Tromsø 
25th IAHR Ice Symposium
14-18 June 2020, Trondheim Norway
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
ACDC 2020, Dynamics of the Global Water Cycle
16th – 28th August 2020,Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Funding opportunities
NFR: Stort, tverrfaglig Forskerprosjekt
Deadline: 6 May 2020
VISTA Research Centre
Deadline: 28 February
KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2020
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Peder Sather Grant, research collaboration
Deadline: 1 April 2020
DKNVS Stiftelses forskningsfond
Deadline: 1 April 2020
Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project Funding
Deadline: 6 May 2020
NFR: Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Collaborative Projects to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges
Deadline:2 September
NFR: Hosting Events
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
EU H2020 MSCA Individual Fellowship
Deadline: 9 September 2020
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