Friday 11 September 2020, No 16, Week 37
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Director's note

Back to home

The covid19 situation in Bergen has gone from worrisome to bad, and we are sent back home six months after Norway closed down for the first time. It reminds us that there are still reasons to be cautious, and that one should not cut corners in the situation we face.
Norwegian ambassador to India, Hans Jacob Frydenlund, visited Bergen this week. He is very eager to have us more involved in collaboration with India.  Some years back we had several projects funded through the IndNor program in the Research Council, and it would be good to see that program brought to life again.  
Tuesday, I had my first job travel since February when I took part in a climate seminar in Oslo that was broadcasted to all Norwegian municipalities. The organizer was KLP - Norway’s largest pension company. They were among the first big investors to divest from coal and has taken a lead in climate adaptation and mitigation works in Norway. KLP is part of our new Centre for research-based innovation - Climate Futures, and a good link to the financial sector.
There has also been the council meeting of the Norwegian Climate Foundation this week. They provide us with an important outreach platform through their many breakfast meetings, report series, the <2C magazine, and their energy and climate web pages, and I am very happy with the collaboration.
We had planned for a great 20 years anniversary meeting next Tuesday, but instead of Hotel Terminus with banquet in the evening, it will be lectures from the auditorium on the fourth floor and lunch wraps instead. After a week with rehearsals, I am sure that we have come up with a great program and that lots of good science will be presented.
As a Centre we are no longer teenagers - and that commits. We have become an established part of the national and international community, and it expects us to deliver. And we do! We publish more than ever in the highest ranked journals, we take an active role in international programs and assessments, we have a strong voice in the local and national debates, and we have many talented young scientists to bring the centre forward. This, and much more, we will see example of on Tuesday.
I hope that you will have a splendid and healthy weekend despite all the rain and the social distancing requirements, and that you will be able to follow the Bjerknes annual meeting from wherever you will be.

Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2020 - Tuesday 15 September
Dear all. Due to the circumstances and the new measures in Bergen for preventing covid-19 virus,  we have decided to cancel the meeting and dinner at Terminus, and run the meeting online. We will send the link to all by email on Monday. You will find the program here.

The Bjerknes Secretariat
Workshop 'Evaporation and isotopes': Bergen, 20th October

Dear all,
On behalf of the BCCR subgroup "Water cycle and water isotopes", I would like to invite members of the Bjerknes centre to a one-day literature workshop on ‘Evaporation and isotopes’ to be held at UiB on the 20th of October. 
The workshop will be based on reading and discussing published literature, with the purpose of providing an understanding of the state-of-the-art  of the processes and model representation of evaporation processes from the ocean (and land?) to the atmosphere. In addition to revisiting classic literature on the subject, we aim for an update on the state-of-the-art after the comprehensive review from Horita et al., 2008, which is now 12 years old.
Note that this invitation is both directed to isotope specialists and participants from the various Bjerknes groups, who have an interest in evaporation processes from an oceanographic or atmospheric (and terrestrial?) perspective, even if they have no or only limited knowledge of water isotope processes.
The proposed topics are
  1. Land evapo-transpiration
  2. Evaporation in cold regions (including evaporation from snow and ice)
  3. Isotopes in evaporation in models
  4. State-of-the-art of proxy interpretation in 2020
  5. Surface ocean state (Energy balance, surface roughness, waves, flow, biogeochemistry…)
  6. Mixing processes in the atmosphere
  7. Kinetic fractionation
  8. Isotopes in evaporation in observations   
Each participant should read 1-3 articles on the subject in the weeks before the workshop. At the workshop, the morning will be devoted to discussions of the proposed topics in small groups (3-4 people) based on the literature that participants have read beforehand. A summary of key aspects will be prepared by each group. After a joint lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to presentations from each group to all the participants, and further discussion.
A list of topics and proposed articles, as well as more detailed information on the workshop format can be found on our shared GoogleDocument:
If you would like to participate at this literature workshop, please add your name and email to the participant table in the google doc. If you have preference for 1-3 articles, please add your name to those. If you have additional literature to contribute, please feel free to include it with the list of articles.
Please contact me if you have any questions
Best regards,
Alexandra Touzeau.
Bjerknes Christmas Party 2020

As a part of our 20th anniversary, this year's Christmas Party will take place at Terminus Hall
Friday 20 November at 19:00.
There will be a participation fee of NOK 200. (Link for payment will be provided later)
Note that there is a limited number of seats. First come, first served!
Sign up by 18 September 2020.

The portrait

Karita Kajanto

PhD Candidate

How long have you been at BCCR?
Since November 2017, but I spent the first months visiting Centre for Ice and Climate in Copenhagen, and moved to Bergen in January 2018

MSc (Tech.) in Engineering Physics

I’m originally from Helsinki, Finland. I went to university there, which was called Helsinki University of Technology when I enrolled, and Aalto University when I graduated. I since worked in the industry for four years before I got this position and moved to Bergen.

What is it you do exactly at work?
I’m interested in the dynamics of marine terminating glaciers, particularly in millenial time scales. Recently, I have modelled the Holocene evolution of Jakobshavn Isbræ, which is a significant outlet glacier of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Why climate research?
I think the climate system is facinating in its complexity, and that there is a great need for a comprehensive understanding of all related processes.

What extracurricular activities do you have?
Currently I spend almost all of my free time with my son who is 8 months old. Also, I’ve danced since childhood, and this fall I’m attending a contemporary dance class in Bergen.

Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
That depends so much on my mood. Anything from Finnish rap to instrumental guitar.

Your favourite food?
My husband makes the world’s best burgers.

The best and worst about Bergen? 
The best is the coziness that comes with the size and the outdoorsy and easy-going culture. It is very easy to feel at home in Bergen.
The only bad thing about Bergen is that I must fly to visit my friends and family in Finland.
RCN: Call for nominations for ISAC Working Groups iof the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in Cryosphere, Marine and Atmosphere
The Research Council of Norway (RCN) is seeking new candidates to serve in the Working Groups marine, cryosphere and social and human of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) from January 2021, and a new candidate in the atmosphere Working Group from January 2022. RCN is seeking nominations for candidates from Norwegian research institutions that are actively performing Arctic research, and with a high level of involvement. Self-nominations are also welcome and encouraged.

More info about the call here:

Deadline 15 October

Submit your nomination here<>
RCN Contact:  Ingvild Marthinsen<>
Belgacem, M., Chiggiato, J., Borghini, M., Pavoni, B., Cerrati, G., Acri, F., Cozzi, S., Ribotti, A., Álvarez, M., Lauvset, S. K., and Schroeder, K.(2020): Dissolved inorganic nutrients in the western Mediterranean Sea (2004–2017), Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1985–2011,

Kajanto, K. Seroussi, H., Fleurian, B, Nisancioglu, K.H. (2020): Present day Jakobshavn Isbræ close to the Holocene minimum extent, Quaternary Science Reviews, 246, 106492, ISSN 0277-3791,

Papritz, L., Dunn‐Sigouin, E. (2020). What configuration of the atmospheric circulation drives extreme net and total moisture transport into the Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089769.

Rheinlænder, J.W., Ferreira, D., Nisancioglu, K.H. (2020): Topological Constraints by the Greenland–Scotland Ridge on AMOC and Climate. Journal of Climate,

Servettaz, A., Orsi, A.J.,  Curran, M.A.J. et al.including A. Touzeau (2020): Snowfall and water isotope variability in East Antarctica controlled by warm synoptic events. JGR, 2020.

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Upcoming events
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, online
NorESM user workshop 2020, organised by the INES infrastructure project.
21-23 September, 2020 Place: Virtually online
CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
28 September-30 September Online
International Atmospheric Rivers Conference Sponsored Symposium
5-9 October 2020 , virtually
Workshop ‘Isotopes and Evaporation’,
20th October, Geophysical Institute.
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
EC ESA EO for Polar Science Workshop
28- 30 October, Online
CHESS: eScience Tools in Climate Science: Linking Observations with Modelling
4-13 November, Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Sweden
AGU Fall meeting
7-11 December, 2020, Online everywhere
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
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
Fulbright Norway, Mobility stipend (Norwegian citizens)
Deadline: 1 October 2020
NFR Research infrastructure
Deadline: 18 November 2020
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