Friday 29 May 2020, No 11, Week 22
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Welcome back

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage in many parts of the world, Norway is among the countries where the situation is under control, with low death tolls and few infected. In the Bergen area, there has been only one new case during the last 14 days, meaning that practically no viruses are on the loose.
This means that the society is now rapidly opening up, and we are again allowed to climb out of our caves and enjoy bars, restaurants, sport facilities and cultural events. The same is true for our work premises. Despite Ragnhild in the neighbouring office, it is very quiet in the west wing of the Geophysical Institute. I therefore hope to see many of you on Tuesday so we can again enjoy a lively but safe workplace.
This week it was announced which H2020 proposals that had survived the first review round and passed on to stage 2. NORCE coordinates two projects, Nansen one, and we are partners in a long list of others for the calls on climate services (1 project), polar climate (3), next generation of earth system models (3), and supporting the implementation of GEOSS (2). I will also congratulate Hans Christian, who is PI in the DEEPICE ITN and who will have two PhD students in Bergen linked to the Beyond Epica Oldest Ice Core Project.
Another extended May weekend approaches, and this time it comes with the first summer for the year. While Norway has seen moderate temperatures this spring, this has not been the case everywhere, and especially not to the east of us. Siberia has been extremely warm this year, and the January to April average for entire Russia was 6 degrees above normal, reportedly the largest anomaly seen in any country’s national average for the four months. In India and Pakistan temperatures have already exceeded 50 degrees, and the year has thus got a head start into what seems to become the warmest in instrumental record.
Irrespectively of this, I encourage you to enjoy the sun and the weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you in real life on Tuesday!

Morven blogging from the summer sea ice
Morven Muilwijk is just now on his way northward towards the summer sea ice, were he is joining one of the worlds largest polar expedition MOSAiC. He will stay here until August, sending back pictures and texts to be updated on the blog  “Innefrosset i Polhavet” at His first blog post was published yesterday – and yes it is in Norwegian. Hope many of you will like it anyway!

Research ship in convoy northbound. Photo: Morven Muilwijk
Gudrun Sylte
The portrait
Photo Andrew SeidlName:
Andrew Seidl

PhD candidate in Meteorology

How long have you been at BCCR?
Approximately a year, but I’ve been in Bergen for almost 5 years.

I earned my MSc in Meteorology here at the GFI in 2017.

I grew up in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada, near the small town of Dawson Creek. I later moved to Edmonton, to receive my BSc with a specialisation in Atmospheric Science at the University of Alberta. I worked a technical job for a few years after completing my BSc, but I found myself missing university and academia quite a bit. So I sold, gave away, and packed up my stuff and moved to Bergen in summer 2015.

What is it you do exactly at work?
My PhD is a part of the larger ISLAS project, which looks at using water vapour isotopes as tracers for atmospheric moisture, especially in Arctic environments. I’m quite fortunate that I have a very diverse workload. Much of my work focuses on observational meteorology, and I’ve so far spent much of my time building equipment and preparing for our field work - we were just finishing our first campaign in Ny-Ålesund when Corona struck. As we’ve all been in home office these last months, I’ve started organising and analysing the data from the same campaign. Once things have started to return to some form of normal, I’ll be performing laboratory experiments over in FARLAB to establish a comparison for our field results. Eventually, we hope this information can improve numerical models, by way of an isotope-dependent water cycle.

Why climate research?
Growing up on a farm in the subarctic, weather is a huge part of life. With summer and winter temperatures already covering a 70℃ spread, any sort of intensification to these extremes is a serious concern; intensification without warning can be dire. It was with these stakes in mind that my attention was drawn to my current project, as it has a strong focus on Arctic observations, and is embedded within a larger project ultimately aiming to help improve our climate models.

What extracurricular activities do you have?
Fundamentally, I have a passion for designing and making things. Before Corona shut things down, I was an active member of the Makerspace in Marineholmen, where I would do woodworking, laser-cutting, and 3D printing. This passion also extends over into the digital world as well, as I recently wrote a couple Python-based board games to play over the internet with my young nephews who were bored and frustrated during quarantine.
Before moving to Bergen, I would have said that I was a “hiker”, but within my first few weeks of being here, I was soundly passed by a 70-something man going up Løvstakken, so I’ll just say that I like being in the mountains. And while I’m not involved in organised athletics, I enjoy kicking/throwing around the football or shooting hoops to stay active.
On a less physical level, I love getting lost in a good book, movie or TV series. Right now, I’m introducing my girlfriend to old episodes of Futurama (we can all use some laughs these days, am I right?).

Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
Hmmm, probably the hardest question on this list, as the music I listen to not only depends on what I’m doing, but where I’m doing it. But time and again, I find myself coming back to the Hard Rock I know and love; I’ve had Foo Fighters stuck in my head (and on my Spotify) since their concert here last year.

Your favourite food?
Before moving to Bergen, my hands-down answer would have been steak and potatoes. However, now I eat quite a bit of fish, and if it’s done right, it’s a close contest between the two. Plukkfisk is fantastic rainy day comfort food!

The best and worst about Bergen?
Almost everyday, I look outside and marvel at the city I call home. It’s so incredibly beautiful and different from anywhere else I’ve lived. The sentrum doesn’t feel towering and oppressive, so it’s easy to forget that it’s Norway’s 2nd largest city. There’s such a rich history here, both with respect to the city itself and its relationship to geophysics. And I’ve never met any people more proud of their rainy weather. So the best thing about Bergen is that it knows that it’s Bergen, and it doesn’t try to be anything else.
And while the dark, rainy days of winter can be trying, it’s not the worst thing about Bergen. The worst thing isn’t even unique to Bergen; the worst thing is being so far from home. It’s not feasible to simply spend a long weekend with family, and there have been many missed birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones. Fortunately, it’s not so difficult to keep in touch in our digital world, so it’s much easier than it would have been a decade ago. Additionally, the Bjerknes Centre and the GFI are such diverse places that one can readily find others who are also separated from loved ones, and you all learn together and remind each other that home is so much more than a pin in a map.
Vacant positions
Temporary position as Chief engineer (data manager)
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 31 May 2020 
PhD position in terrestrial ecosystem responses to climate change and effects for soil carbon accumulation
Department of Biological Sciences, UiB
Deadline: 14 June 2020
BCCR/GFI seminar
Next upcoming talk:
Date: 8 June  at 14:15 
Name of speaker: Jakob Dörr, Geophysical institute, UiB.
Title: A high-level analysis of Arctic and
Antarctic sea ice in CMIP6 

Link to online seminar will be provided before the talk.

Upcoming CHESS actiivities
Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop,
June 15, 2020 – June 19, 2020
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen 
CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
28 September-2 October onboard of MS Trollfjord, Hurtigruten.
Costa, K.M. et al including Heinze, C. (2020).:230Th normalization: Newinsights on an essential tool for quantifying sedimentary fluxes in the modern and Quaternary ocean.Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 35,

Petrini, M., Colleoni, F., Kirchner, N., Hughes, A.L.C., Camerlenghi, A., Rebesco, M., Lucchi, R.G., Forte, E., Colucci, R.R., Noormets, R., Mangerud, J., (2020): Simulated last deglaciation of the Barents Sea Ice Sheet primarily driven by oceanic conditions. Quaternary Science Reviews 238, 106314.

Óladóttir, B.A., Thordarson, T., Geirsdóttir, Á., Jóhannsdóttir, G.E., Mangerud, J.(2020): The Saksunarvatn Ash and the G10ka series tephra. Review and current state of knowledge. Quaternary Geochronology 56, 101041.

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Bjerknes in the news
På vei mot Arktis mens verden er i en global pandemi               
Forskersonen 28.05.2020, Morven Muilwijk 
Marthe fekk draumejobben på heimstaden                    
Sogn Avis 28.05.2020, Marthe Gjerde, Atle Nesje 
Vær-ekspertene: Slik blir sommerferieværet                  
VG Pluss 27.05.2020, Erik Kolstad 
Ny undersøkelse: Antall jobbreiser har stupt                  
NRK Trøndelag  27.05.2020, Tore Furevik 
Dyphavet varmes opp saktere enn havet på overflaten. Det er likevel ikke godt nytt for livet der nede. 27.05.2020, Siv Kari Lauvset 
Vindkraft er mest ødeleggende i Norge             
Bladet Vesterålen 27.05.2020 
Hjemmekontor på karantenehotell                    
Forskersonen 26.05.2020, Morven Muilwijk 
Barentshavet har blitt eit dårlegare «kjøleskap»                          
Havforskningsinstituttet 25.05.2020, Øystein Skagseth 
Ingen grunn til å frykte junikulde                        
Romerikes Blad 25.05.2020, Erik Kolstad 
Supercomputerne har talt: SLIK BLIR FERIEVÆRET                       
VG 23.05.2020, Erik Kolstad 
- Vi må sørge for at solbransjen kommer seg over kneika etter koronapandemien        
EnerWE 22.05.2020 
The Real Climate Science Deniers                       
Citizens Journal 22.05.2020, Atle Nesje 
UiB blir med i en global klimaallianse                 
Bergensavisen (flere treff)  22.05.2020, Tore Furevik
 Nettverk klimatilpasning Trøndelag                    
Rørosnytt 21.05.2020 
Langtidsvarsel: Slik blir sommerværet       20.05.2020, Erik Kolstad 
Kinesiske og norske forskere har gravd et nesten 600 meter dypt hull på Tibetplatået. Det gjør at de kan se langt tilbake i tid.                  
Forskersonen 20.05.2020, John Birks, Vivian Astrup Felde 
Historisk fall i klimautslippene               
Agderposten (flere like treff) 18.05.2020, Tore Furevik 
Blir styremedlem i Stiftinga Folgefonnsenteret              
Kvinnheringen  18.05.2020 
Minne frå istida: Jettegrytene og jettegryte-hola i elva Hjelledøla                        
Fjordingen 15.05.2020, Atle Nesje
Upcoming events
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
50th Arctic Workshop
30 August-1 September 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
late September/early October (TBD) 2020, Pisa, Italy
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
EC ESA EO for Polar Science Workshop
28- 30 October, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjerknes Getaway
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium

Looking for Bjerknes Centre events? Check the calendar on our webpage
Funding opportunities
Diku: Digital education
Deadline: 1 June and 15 June 2020
NORHED II, Collaboration for capacity building
Deadline: 26 June 
ERC Advanced Grants 2020 (Call opens 14.05.2020)
Deadline: 26 August
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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