Friday 10 September  2021, No 15, Week 36
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Director's note
As Covid restrictions are lifting, Bjerknes scientist are returning to the field again with a renewed intensity.  Whether its fresh back from lake coring campaigns in Svalbard, on-route to Nuuk to board the icebreaker USCGC Healy or on the way to join field campaigns in Antarctica, Bjerknes researchers collect data to increase our knowledge about the dynamics of the planet.  For many, the pandemic delays have been frustrating as important and critical field work and observations has been cancelled or postponed. 
 Much of our work, especially in the high-latitude regions, depends on international collaboration and advanced logistics. One important international effort is the SAS (Synoptic Arctic Survey), which seeks to quantify the present state of the physical, chemical, biological, and biogeochemical systems in the Arctic. Next week Bjerknes will welcome our Italian partners in SAS that will make a port call in Bergen on the return from their oceanographic cruise onboard the R/V Laura Bassi. One of their aims was to add analyses along a sub-Arctic historic transect at 75°N crossing the Greenland Sea Gyre. We look forward to hear about the recent update from the Italian cruise and also look forward to welcome the Italian Ambassador to an afternoon session on the Arctic Ocean aiming to strengthen existing, and build new, collaborations.

Today is the deadline for Bjerknes PIs, partners and collaborators to hand in the final version of our internal projects. I envision that these five projects will be a glue point for Bjerknes over the next years. That we can take the planning, strategic thinking and collaborative efforts going into forming these projects and build a continuous activity around them. My hope is that these projects will become even more integrated and visible within the Bjerknes community, with regular updates from the projects and entraining new collaboration and spinning of new proposal ideas, as they progress.  These are a few of the areas where BCCR has the potential to take a leading role in the international research front, but this will require engaging the Centre’s full potential. 

Enjoy your weekend,

Bjerknes Annual Meeting 25th-27th of September
Invitation to Bjerknes Annual Meeting 25th-27th of September, will be emailed to all during week 37, and if you want to participate in person at Grand, please respond by the link before deadline Wednesday 15 September. Grand only takes 100 persons, and first come, first served will be practiced..

Bjerknes at the Bergen City Marathon
Several Bjerknes scientists managed to complete the Bergen City Marathon, half-marathon and relay the past 28th of August. Even if it seemed impossible at first, they overcame pain, suffering and strain to feel the finish-line joy (and a following well-earned BBQ). After all, running is not so different from science. As the physics nobel prize Wolfgang Ketterle said "Running and science draw on similar traits - stamina, ambition, patience and the ability to overcome limits".

Anais and Xabier

Marathon: Anais Bretones, Peter Siew, Hai Bui, Joseph Gaudard, Xabier Davila. Half-marathon: Stefan Thiele, Paul Halas, Marco van Hulten, Jonathan Rheinlænder, Clemens Spensberger, Jerry Tjiputra, Till Baumann, Tobias Zolles. Relay Team: Maaike Zwier, Sonja Wahl, Francine Schevenhoven, Matilda Hallerstig, Kristine Steinsland, Birgit Rinde, Johanne Skrefsrud, Morgane Demeaux.
Photo: Few of the runners celebrating with a BBQ at GFI garden.
Listen up! Two Bjerknes researchers sharing their knowledge on our podcasts

From left: Ingjald, Jenny and Stephen

Jenny Hagen, a PhD candidate at the Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre, is working with taking flood prediction the next step by introducing artificial intelligence. In this podcast she explain how they can speed up and improve flood prediction, even in a changing climate, by letting the machine learn from historical data.   
Kristin Richter, researcher at Norce and the Bjerknes Centre, is looking into the deepwater in the North-Atlantic ocean. With Argo floats and other observation they have found that there is lacking watermasses traveling southwards in the deep ocean. Here you can listen to this research and get to know Kristin Richter and the research she is doing together with her colleagues.   The podcast is produced by Stephen Outten and Ingjald Pilskog. Stephen Outten is a researcher at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Ingjald Pilskog is an associated professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and connected to the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.
You can find all the episodes of the Bjerknes Centre podcast here. Find more episodes of the Bjerknes podcast on PodbeanAppleSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

New faces
A warm welcome to our newly arrived "bjerknesians"!
Xavier Levine from France (left) has started in a position as senior researcher at NORCE. His field is atmosphere and climate dynamics and the research theme will primarily be Global Climate. Tarkan Bilge (right) from UK is a new chief engineer at GFI. His field is solar influence, and the research theme affiliation is Polar Climate.
PhD Forum:     
Get to know the Bjerknes Centre


Two weeks ago, around 25 PhD students joined both online and in-person, the first Bjerknes PhD Forum event of this semester, which was about getting to know the Bjerknes Centre. This meeting was a great opportunity to better grasp BCCR organization, the different themes and the international ambitions of the center, especially for newly arrived PhDs. After a general introduction by Bjerknes Centre’s new director Kikki Kleiven, participants had the opportunity to hear about the internal structure and the diverse research that is currently being done in all four themes, as well as an introduction to WCRP’s role and presence in Bergen.
We would like to thank all speakers for the very clear introduction to the great variety of research conducted in our center.
The semester next social event of the forum will be, following the tradition of last year, a mushroom picking event, planned for next week.
The PhD Forum wishes everyone a nice weekend!
The Board
(Vår, Anna, Jakob, Karl, Maaike, Paul)

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 -
BCCR/GFI Seminar
Dear all,
the new semester brings again many interesting BCCR Seminar talks, starting next Monday (13/09) at 14:15pm with a great kick off talk by Prof. Francesco S.R. Pausata about "The ENSO response to volcanic eruptions".
The seminar will be in person in the Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020) – the format will be hybrid, those who prefer to participate online please find the zoom link below.
Topic: BCCR Seminar – Prof. Francesco S.R. Pausata
Time: Apr 19, 2021 03:00 PM Oslo
Join Zoom Meeting (recommended)

Meeting ID: 663 5492 3991
Password: pMJn5hwE

The Seminar Committee
Vacant position
PhD position in Paleoclimatology
Application deadline: 30 September 2021
New publications 
Send us information about new publications:
Bjune, A.E., Alsos, I.G., Brendryen, J., Edwards, M.E., Haflidason, H., Johansen, M.S., Mangerud, J., Paus, Aa., Regnell, C., Svendsen, J.I. & Clarke, C. (2021):. Rapid climate change during the Lateglacial and the early Holocene as seen from plant community dynamics in the Polar Urals, Russia. Journal of Quaternary Science, DOI: 10.1002/jqs.3352. 
Kolstad, E. W., MacLeod, D., & Demissie, T. D. (2021). Drivers of subseasonal forecast errors of the East African short rains. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL093292.

Michel C., A. Sorteberg, S. Eckhardt, C. Weijenborg, A. Stohl, and M. Cassiani (2021): Characterization of the atmospheric environment during extreme precipitation events associated with atmospheric rivers in Norway - Seasonal and regional aspects, Weather and Climate Extremes, 34, 100370,
Nesje, A., Matthews, J.A., Linge, H., Bredal, M., Wilson, P. And Winkler, P. (2021): New evidence for active talus-foot rock glaciers at Øyberget, southern Norway, and their development during the Holocene. The Holocene. DOI: 10.1177/09596836211033226, 1-11. 

Osman, M.B., Smith, B.E., Trusel, L.D. et al.including Sodemann, H(2021): Abrupt Common Era hydroclimate shifts drive west Greenland ice cap change. Nat. Geosci. 

Rheinlænder J. W., Smedsrud L.H., Nisanciouglu K.H(2021): Internal Ocean Dynamics Control the Long-Term Evolution of Weddell Sea Polynya Activity, Frontiers in Climate DOI:10.3389/fclim.2021.718016    

Waldmann, N., Vasskog, K., Simpson, G., Chapron, E., Støren, E.W.N., Hansen, L., Loizeau, J.-L., Nesje, A. and Ariztegui, D. (2021): Anatomy of a Catastrophe: Reconstructing the 1936 Rock Fall and Tsunami Event in Lake Lovatnet, Western Norway. Frontiers in Earth Science. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2021.671378.

Info on how to include BCCR in your publications.
Older publications
New proposal writing class 2021/2022 at Bjerknes Centre
Thanks for those who registered already! For those who have not: last chance now. 
Please follow this LINK .  Registration deadline is 15.09.2021.  
The class is planned to run on Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:00. After registration, we will check whether this slot fits most participants, and find alternatives if needed. 
The class meetings start in week 40 (from Oct 04). 
Participants should have a clear intention to submit a proposal in 2022. When the class starts, they should have made a decision which call they are going to apply for. If you are not sure yet, please contact us so we can help you find a relevant call. 
In the class we will have a special focus on the NFR funding schemes Researcher Projects for: Young Research Talents, International Mobility and Scientific Renewal, with call deadline in Feb 2022. In-depth information on NFR evaluation criteria, proposal templates, and CV templates will be central. This class is also open for scientists who plan to submit a proposal to other NFR funding schemes, as well as to other deadlines and funding schemes in 2022, such as for example MSCA IF or ERC StG, and lectures will be modified according to the participants needs. There will be no other hands-on proposal writing class offered before October 2022, but the annual 2-day CHESS proposal writing workshop will be held in Spring 2022 for those who are not ready to develop a full proposal now. 
ERC StG applicants should have a sketch/pitch of their proposal idea ready already in August 2021, in order to join specific mentoring and support programs by NFR (and UiB, for UiB employees only). 
Friederike, UiB-GFI, 
Nadine, NORCE Climate, 
Mahaut, UiB-GFI and Bjerknes CPU, 
Cat, NERSC, (on leave until Jan 2022) 
Linling, UiB-GEO, 
Bjerknes in the news
Dette sier de nyeste klimamodellene om issmelting på Grønland og Antarktis     04.09.2021, Heiko Goelzer 
Klimalederen: Skalaen på omstillingen som venter er enorm                     
Energi og Klima 29.08.2021, Asgeir Sorteberg 
Ekspertene med klar tale - dette partiet har den mest feilslåtte klimapolitikken              
TV2 28.08.2021, Helge Drange 
Ingvild (61) om øyeblikket: - Da ble jeg for alvor en gamling med klimaangst               
TV2 27.08.2021, Helge Drange
Recent reversal in response of western Greenland’s ice caps to climate change         
Mirage News 09.09.2021, Harald Sodemann
Med klima på agendaen – lokalt og globalt                    
Firda Tidend 03.09.2021 Kikki Kleiven
Ingen kokospalmer på Røst                       
Avisa Nordland 28.08.2021
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
Workshop «Water Isotopes: From Weather to Climate»
15-17 November 2021
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
Earth System Modelling School (EaSyMS) 2021
3-10 December, 2021, Hamburg Germany
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  
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)
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: 10 November
International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
Deadline: 30 November
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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