Friday  23 april 2021, No 8, Week 16
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Director's note

International community

The Bjerknes Centre is very international, and 59% of our research scientists, 97% of our postdocs, and 67% of our PhD students are coming from outside Norway. Based on our sheer size, we should be more visible in the international programs and networks. This week there have been leader group meetings in the World Climate Research Programme and in the European regional committee of the International Universities Climate Alliance, examples of two arenas where I see that we can have more activities. 
One place where we are active, is the One Ocean expedition which had its 13th (sic) meeting in its main committee this morning. In August the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl will set sails, and for 20 months circumnavigate the world for knowledge, education and diplomacy as part of the United Nation Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The project has some 40 partners and a number of sub-committees working on security, science, equipment, logistics, programs onboard and in harbours, communications, outreach, and much more. The Bjerknes Centre and its partner institutions will be responsible for several of the legs in the Atlantic, Pacific as well as the Indian Ocean. 
Earlier this week we had a fruitful meeting where more than hundred Bjerknes scientists took part in the discussion of the new strategic projects. 16 potential projects were presented, and I was happy to see the variety of ideas and the engagement in the community. I think that we achieved the goals of the meeting, which were to inform each other and to identify overlaps and synergies. The deadline for submitting one-page sketches is May 14. These will be evaluated by the Leader Group, and feedback given early June.
Congratulation to Yongbiao who successfully defended his thesis last Friday and thus became PhD number six this year. I will also congratulate Noel and Jerry – Reuters have ranked them among the 1000 most influential scientists (whatever that means). One thing that perhaps is worth some reflection, is that among the 44 persons coming from the five Nordic “gender-equal” countries, there were no females.
We have so-far had a typical April month, going back and forth between freezing cold and comfortable warm. The weather forecast looks pretty good for the weekend, so enjoy your well-earned days off and see you next week.

PhD defense: Yongbiao Weng
Many congratulations to Dr Yongbiao Weng (top center in the photo) on a successful PhD thesis defense on Friday April 16 with the topic "Stable Isotope Composition of Surface Vapour and Precipitation at the Southwest Coast of Norway". Photo: Geophysical institute.
GEOV328 Ice-Finse:
Anne-Kathrine Faber, Kerim Nisancioglu, Tobias Zolles
The weekend of 17-18. April five students from Bergen went to Mjølfjell for a weekend on working during winter in the arctic. Prior to the field work the students together with the other participants from Tromsø and Oslo, who could not join us in the field for Covid reasons, were working on their group project modeling the surface mass balance of Hardangerjøkulen, predicting the melt of Norwegian glaciers and track the precipitation sources of these. Over the week multiple lectures about all aspects of different field were taught and we all were eager to finally get out to the snow.
We left Bergen on Saturday morning by train and met Kerim at Mjølfjell, and started to head out with skis and snow-shoes. During the lunch break the students learned operating stoves in the field and got an introduction to snow-pit digging. Additionally, all of us really enjoyed the blue bird conditions. For the afternoon we split into three groups to dig snow pits in the surrounding areas. While at this altitude the lower part of the snow cover had already experienced substantial melt earlier this spring, the top was still powdery in the shade. Where the sun hit though we could observe an increasing wetting over the day. We also did Extended Column Stability tests.

After a short afternoon snack we headed higher up to find a camp spot for the night. Due to Corona restrictions everyone had their own camp spot. Tobias prepared a “ting” to sit together in the evening and discuss field work experiences and stories. At still quite warm conditions we enjoyed an relaxing evening.

Woken by the sun and coffee everyone was more or less ready for the next field day. Two more snow pits were dug at higher elevations. The weak layer of faceted crystals that was troublesome for most of the season was still present, though the tested stability was high. The measurements taken were shared to the public via regobs. After the last pit it was time to head back down to the camp. For the skiers this even meant a few nice turns.

After we packed the tents we headed back to Mjølfjell station and were surprised with waffles by Kerim. Everyone was happy about the successful field trip, and during feedback it was apparent that even more field work and field work planning should be done. Hopefully, we can fulfill this next year in a Corona free environment.
New faces
A warm welcome to new members of the Bjerknes community!
Anne Gro Vea Salvanes has a permanent position as a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences and she has now also joined the Bjerknes Centre and the Climate Hazards theme. Her field is environmental influence on fish and she has a PhD in Marine Ecology/Fisheries Biology. Anne Gro is Norwegian. 
Natalya Gallo is from USA and she is a postdoctor at the Department of Biological Sciences. She has a PhD in Oceanography and her field comprises climate impacts on marine communities and ecosystems with expertise in deep water ecosystems and the continental margin. More expertise in ocean deoxygenation as an ecosystem stressor and  demersal fish communities. She will be in the Climate Hazards research theme.
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:
Sonja Wahl (leader) –
Maaike Zwier (co-leader) -
Elina Efstathiou (contact person for new PhDs) -
The Portrait

Sukun Cheng

Post-doc researcher in Nansen environmental and remote sensing center (NERSC).
How long have you been at BCCR? 

More than 2 years since Feb. 2019
Ph.D. granted from Clarkson University in the U.S.
3 years master's study in computational aerodynamic, and 5 years Ph.D. training in ocean wave and sea ice interaction.
What is it you do exactly at work?
The development of an ensemble-based data assimilation system for the state-of-the-art sea ice model, neXtSIM, developed in-house at NERSC using EnKF. Contribute to studying the probabilistic, ensemble-based, forecast skill of neXtSIM.
Why climate research?

It is part of my research focus since my Ph.D. studying of the Arctic wave-ice interaction.  Because of the rapid change of human life and the Earth environment, I think it is worthy of devouring in climate research.
What extracurricular activities do you have?

Skiing, hiking like most people in Bergen.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
Fish Leong
Your favourite food?
Sichuan Cuisine
The best and worst about Bergen?
It is nice that most people like outdoor exercises. It is a relaxing place for living and working. I am quite happy with life here. The worst thing must be the weather in winter.
Vacant positions
Postdoctoral position in ice sheet modeling
University of Bergen
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within Climate Prediction
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 28th April 2021
Postdoc position in the field of Climate Dynamics
Geophysical institute
Deadline: 28th April 2021
Researcher within marine biogeochemical Earth system modelling
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 10th May 2021
Interdisciplinary PhD research fellowship in glacier modeling and politics
UiB, Department of Earth Science
Deadline: 31 May 2021
New publications 
Ban, N., Caillaud, C., Coppola, E. et al. including Sobolowski, S.,Lorenz, T. (2021):The first multi-model ensemble of regional climate simulations at kilometer-scale resolution, part I: evaluation of precipitation. Clim Dyn (2021).

Lambert, E., Le Bars, D., Goelzer, H., & van de Wal, R. S.W. (2021). Correlations between sea‐level components are driven by regional climate change. Earth's Future, 9, e2020EF001825.

Pichelli, E., Coppola, E., Sobolowski, Set al. including Lorenz, T. (2021):The first multi-model ensemble of regional climate simulations at kilometer-scale resolution part 2: historical and future simulations of precipitation. Clim Dyn (2021).

New popular science article (Norwegian):
Mangerud, J (2021): Isbrekappen over Norge, Geonytt 26, nr 1 s. 6-9

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Upcoming CHESS courses/activities 
 (until June):
Ocean/Atmosphere Time Series Analysis: Theory and Practice, April 26 – May 7 2021
Crash Course on Data Assimilation – Theoretical foundations and advanced applications with focus on ensemble methods, May 31 – June 4, 2021
CHESS Annual Meeting, 7 – 9 June 2021, online with local hubs
Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop, June 21-25, 2021
XRF core scanning for paleoclimate reconstructions in the Arctic, 
Bjerknes in the news
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KMD har samlet hele universet på fem rom                    
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Etterlengtet fokus på klimatilpasning   
Bistandsaktuelt 14.04.2021, Erik Kolstad 
Nå smelter «Dommedagsbreen» - vil få dramatiske konsekvenser: - Det er enkel fysikk                   
ABC Nyheter 13.04.2021, Eystein Jansen 
Klimasaken i historisk perspektiv                        
Vårt Land - 12.04.2021, Eystein Jansen 
Regjeringen: Flere bistandsmilliarder til klimaofre, mindre til utslippskutt                     
Bergens Tidende 12.04.2021 
Slik ble 1880-villaen nullutslippshus                   
Teknisk Ukeblad 10.04.2021, Kerim Nisancioglu

Upcoming events
Polar Early Career Conference
5th-6th May, online
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
BCCR Science & Fun day
 26-27 May 2021, Bergen
International workshop for mid-latitude air-sea interaction
June 8-9 online,  June 12-14 online and in-face, Sapporo, Japan
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
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
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2021 
27-29 September 2021, Bergen
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
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
ERC Consolidator Grants
Deadline:20 April
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 1 June (Extended from 8 April 2021)
Deadline: 27 May 2021
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