Friday 30 October 2020, No 19, Week 44
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Director's note

Funding for five more years!

Eight days ago, our Minister of Research and Higher Education announced that the Government will fund the Bjerknes Centre, for the moment, for five more years. This great news means that we now can prepare for the phase III of the Bjerknes Centre, a period that runs until December 2026.
The funding comes as a result of our excellent standing in climate research and of our visibility in society, and I expect that our mission to Understand climate for the benefit of society will be important also in the future. We will nevertheless initiate a series of discussions involving the board, the leader group and the entire Centre, with the aim to see where small or large changes should be made to make us even better.
Our planned celebration last Friday was unfortunately interrupted due to a local COVID19 situation that sent several of us into quarantine. The second COVID19 wave has definitively hit Europe, and there are difficult months ahead. While numbers are still modest in Norway, they are increasing sharply with all time high close to 500 registered today. However, taking population into account, the situation is 3-5 times worse in our neighbouring countries, and 10-20 times worse in Spain, France and Belgium.
Climate change is not pausing despite the pandemic, and there is still need for more knowledge on climate change and how to adapt. Climate Futures had its first board meeting this week, and it is an enthusiastic group from both research- and user partners that look forward to seeing the Centre reaching its ambition. The Norwegian Climate Centre also had a board meeting this week, but more importantly, a well-attended online version of their annual “Geilo meeting”. There were excellent talks and discussions, including what will be the contents of the new Climate in Norway 2100 report.
This morning we joined forces with Cicero and arranged a breakfast meeting on extreme weather. Kjersti Konstali, Stephanie Mayer and Erik Kolstad, plus Jana Sillmann from Cicero, all gave great talks based on their works on historical and future developments in precipitation events and extremes. About 100 people followed the streaming, and as far as I can tell the meeting was well received. 
Finally, I would like to wish you all the best for the weekend, and to our American friends, fingers crossed for a good election result in the upcoming important presidential election! 
New faces
Ali Aasadi from Iran is a new postdoc at NORCE. He started on September 1. He will be working with Hanna Lee and Jörg Schwinger. He has a PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and specializes in climate modeling and tropical cyclogenesis.
Alena Dekthyareva is Russian and started at GFI as a postdoc in February. She will be affiliated to the Polar research theme at Bjerknes. She has a PhD in environmental science. Her work is connected to the ISLAS project and her field is atmospheric chemistry, short lived climate forcers, aerosols and polar meteorology.
Joshua Lynn comes from USA and has a degree in biological sciences. He is a postdoc at BIO, UiB since July 2019 and his field is ecology, biogeography, macroecology, Bayesian statistics and biotic interactions
Achref Othmani is a researcher at the Nansen Center where he started in a permanent position in August. He has a degree in physical oceanography and his field is ocean modelling.Achref comes from Tunisia. He will be affiliated with the Polar theme at BCCR.
Vacant position
Scientific project manager
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 8 November 2020
New publications 
Hauck J., Zeising M., Le Quéré,  C. Gruber, N., Bakker, D.C. E., Bopp, L.,  Chau, T.T.T., Gürses, Ö., Ilyina, T., Landschützer, P., Lenton, A., Resplandy, L., Rödenbeck, C., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R. (2020): Consistency and Challenges in the Ocean Carbon Sink Estimate for the Global Carbon Budget , Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, DOI=10.3389/fmars.2020.571720 

Huang, J., R. S. Pickart, R. X. Huang, P. Lin, A. Brakstad, and F. Xu (2020): Sources and upstream pathways of the densest overflow water in the Nordic Seas. Nature Communications, 11, 5389,

Rasher, D.B., et al., including Chan, P.T.W. (2020): Keystone predators govern the pathway and pace of climate impacts in a subarctic marine ecosystem, American Association for the Advancement of Science, doi:

Kolstad, E.W. (2020): Prediction and precursors of Idai and 38 other tropical cyclones and storms in the Mozambique Channel, Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, ISSN: 0035-9009 , 1477-870X; DOI: 10.1002/qj.3903

Haumann, F. A. Moorman, R., Riser, S., Smedsrud, L. H., Maksym, T., Wong, A. P. S., Wilson, E. A. Drucker, R., Talley, L. D., Johnson, K. S. Key, R .M., Sarmiento, J..L. (2020): Supercooled Southern Ocean Waters, Geophysical research letters, ISSN: 0094-8276 , 1944-8007; DOI: 10.1029/2020GL090242

Semper, S., R. S. Pickart, K. Våge, K. M. H. Larsen, H. Hátún, and B. Hansen (2020): The Iceland-Faroe Slope Jet: a conduit for dense water toward the Faroe Bank Channel overflow. Nature Communications, 11, 5390,

Tsopouridis, L., Spensberger, C. and Spengler, T. (2020), Cyclone Intensification in the Kuroshio Region and its relation to the Sea Surface Temperature Front and Upper‐Level Forcing. Q J R Meteorol Soc. doi:10.1002/qj.3929
Tsopouridis, L., Spensberger, C., Spengler, T. (2020): Characteristics of cyclones following different pathways in the Gulf Stream region, Q J R Meteorol Soc , ISSN: 0035-9009, 1477-870X; DOI: 10.1002/qj.3924

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Bjerknes in the news
«Klimarealistene» blander seg inn i høyesterettssak - Staten sier nei takk til «hjelpen»         
Naturpress 26.10.2020 , Eystein Jansen
Forskere har «oppdaget» ny havstrøm              
NRK Nordland   24.10.2020, Stefanie Semper
What actually started the Little Ice Age?                     23.10.2020, Martin Miles, Willem Van der Bilt
Sikrer Bjerknessenter finansiering                      
NRK 22.10.2020
Klimaskeptikere prøver å påvirke Klimasøksmålet                       
Vårt Land 21.10.2020  Eystein Jansen
Et nytt syn på skogplanting                    
Forskersonen 20.10.2020, Hanna Lee
Energi og Klima lanserer podkast                        
Energi og Klima 16.10.2020, Lea Svendsen
Upcoming events
PhD defense: Kristian Agasøster Haaga:
"Causal interactions in the Earth System"
3. November 2020, at 14.15,  Digital meeting room, Zoom
PhD defense: Johannes S. Dugstad:
"Water mass exchange, pathways and the mesoscale eddy field in the Lofoten Basin of the Norwegian Sea"
5. november at 15:00, Digital meeting room, Zoom
CHESS: eScience Tools in Climate Science: Linking Observations with Modelling
4-13 November, online
BCCR Polar team meeting
6. November 13:15-15:00, place TBA
CHESS: State of the Art Weather and Climate modeling
16-19 November, Geophysical Institute, UiB
AGU Fall meeting
7-11 December, 2020, Online everywhere
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
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 Research infrastructure
Deadline: 18 November 2020
NFR-SSF, Arctic field grant
Deadline: 18 November
Deadline: 18 November
Bjerknes Visiting Fellow
Deadline: 1 December 2020
Bjerknes Fast Track Initiatives
Deadline: 1 December 2020
CAS: Young CAS Fellow
Deadline: 1 December 2020
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
Asgard programme, mobility Norway-France
Deadline: 15 December 2020
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