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 forskning.no. 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
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.
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, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019PA003820
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106314
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2019.101041
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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
5TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE OCEAN IN A HIGH CO2 WORLD
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
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
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