Friday 20 March 2020, No 6, Week 12
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Director's note

Corona crisis
Two weeks ago, I wrote that it was impossible to predict the outcome of the global Coronavirus crisis, but not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the changes we have seen, to Bergen, to Norway, and to the world.
In country after country, societies are locking down and borders closed. Stock markets are plunging, companies closing, unemployment rates exploding, and no one knows if the crisis will last for weeks, months or even longer.
For many of us the situation is tolerable. Yes, it is unfamiliar, annoying and unsettling. But we still have a job, we can easily communicate electronically, we can write proposals, and we can write papers. Since everything is cancelled or postponed, some of us will even have more time to do this.
For others the situation is much more difficult, also at the Bjerknes Centre. How can you work when you at the same time are supposed to work full time as school teachers for your children? Or are thinking about your family that you no longer can visit? Or are worried that your income is about to disappear?
I try to focus on the positive things. We learn how to communicate on new platforms. We see that lectures, exams, trial lectures, and even PhD defenses can be done electronically. And we can even meet for coffee in a 24/7 open coffee room (although I was alone, and my coffee was cold this morning).  
But it is still a mess, and many are worried and even scared. But at some point, we will return back to a some normal. Will it be the same as before, or will it be a different world?  Perhaps we will see a better world? When we see how the world mobilises to reduce the pandemic, imagine what the world could do for environment and climate.
I will end by wishing you all the best. Remember to take care of yourself and each other. Go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the sun.

Twenty years of science
Danielle Grant, Kristine Steinsland and Inge Althuizen are out to measure the world on the cover of our annual brochure.
Just in time before the corona closing, the annual BCCR brochure for 2020 arrived at Jahnebakken 5. As soon as we are back in offices, we will hand out the brochure to all of you. Don’t be confused by the name, the annual brochure 2020 is based on activity in 2019, and is a simplified version of the annual report. 
Please take a look – the pdf is available here
Many thanks to all of you who have contributed with pictures. They will be redistributed at our Instagram account @bjerknessenteret the coming weeks (unless we have other agreements).
…and new contributions are always very welcome!

Throwback Thursday:  #throwbackthursday #tbt

The annual brochure addresses our 20 years anniversary this year. In social media – and especially at Instagram we will post glimpses from the annual report archive.

Last week the Antarctica cruise in December 2012 – January 2013 with Elin Darelius, Mari Fjalstad Jensen, Kjetil Våge and Helge Bryhni was on, this week the #tbt celebrates Vilhelm Bjerknes, as his birthday is March 14.!

Gudrun Sylte
The portrait

Robinson Hordoir

Position: Researcher at IMR

How long have you been at BCCR? A year and a half

Education: I am “ingénieur” in fluid mechanics of the ENSEEIHT (National Superior School of a lot of stuff in Toulouse, France, known also for its architecture, rugby, airbus, cassoulet, duck confit, foie gras, cheese, wine etc…), and I have got my PhD in Physical Oceanography at the University of Caen, Normandy, which is the real country of the Vikings (originally from Ålesund), and known for its castles, its Mont Saint Michel (it is in Normandy, yes, yes), long bloody comic strip in Latin, D-day, cidre, calvados, camembert, andouille de Vire, William of Normandy, 1066 etc..

Background: I am French, but then I moved to Sweden where I stayed during 10 years, and now I have double French-Swedish citizenship. I love science which is not too applied and theoretical concepts. I do models and try to have a critical point of view on their design and results. I believe models are useful tools to understand processes and process changes, more than prediction tools for the future.

What is it you do exactly at work?
Right now I am designing and running a NEMO based ocean model for Artic and North Atlantic, which I am trying to get as realistic as possible through forced hindcast simulations. The purpose being to use it for climate downscaling on the area to study changes in hydrography in high latitude regions, and the impact of these changes on the ecosystem dynamics.

Why climate research ? Because at some point I thought I could save the world, or at least contribute a bit…

What extracurricular activities do you have?
I am crazy about all activities which involve water and wind, sailing, kitesurf, scuba diving etc… I also play flute, I love playing folk music, especially Irish and Celtic, but also French and Scandinavian folk, I’m slowly drifting towards Klezmer and Musette/Gipsy jazz right now. I also do a bit of skiing/snowboarding and will be happy when the coronavirus story is over and the bouldering halls in Bergen open again. And of course cooking is to me a mean of expression before a way of getting fed.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
I have so many…. Impossible to list them all, I listen to a lot of folk music, but also a lot of baroque music, I like electro music too and all kind of rock/pop songs. I usually like rock from the 70s and 90s or later but not a big fan of the 80s. Also I don’t like ABBA, I think the musicians in ABBA are really talented but always wonder why they had to make a band that is so kitsch.

Your favourite food?
I see food and cooking as the basis of civilisation, I always refer to Claude Levi-Strauss for this purpose. I think all civilisations and culture express something through food, and my challenge is to use local Norwegian products to promote the Norwegian “terroir”. I think the so-called “Internation Food”, the political correctness and the will to sterilize everything is killing the culinary diversity of the world just like climate change kills biodiversity.
The best and worst about Bergen ? 
The worst is of course the rain, and also the fact it is difficult to find non-pasteurized Norwegian cheese. Also I hate the Vinmonopolet, but at least it gives me the opportunity to have heated debates with the Norwegians, which is really fun.
The best in Bergen is the atmosphere from a general point of view, Bergen is a really cool city and I am really proud to be able to live and work here.
Rutledal, S, Berben, S.M.P, Dokken, T.M. van der Bilt, W.G.M. Cederstrøm, J.M., Jansen, E. (2020): Tephra horizons identified in the western North Atlantic and Nordic Seas during the Last Glacial Period: Extending the marine tephra framework, Quaternary Science Reviews,

Aubry, A.M.R., De Schepper, S., and de Vernal, A. (2020): Dinocyst and acritarch biostratigraphy of the Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene at Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site U1307 in the Labrador Sea:,Journal of Micropalaeontology 39(1), 41–60, doi: 10.5194/jm-39-41-2020

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BCCR/GFI Seminars

Hey all,

like most other endeavors next week's seminar is cancelled. As of now there is no saying when we will pick up the schedule again. We will inform the speakers and audience accordingly.

Best regards,

/The seminar Committee/

NERSC Seminars

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Upcoming events
15th Polar Low Working Group meeting
13-15 May 2020, Moscow, Russia
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
25–28 May 2020, Pisa, Italy
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
25th - 29th May 2020 Liège, Belgium
“A changing Arctic” 
2-5 June, Tromsø 
25th IAHR Ice Symposium
14-18 June 2020, Trondheim Norway
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
ACDC 2020, Dynamics of the Global Water Cycle
16th – 28th August 2020,Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
14-16 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Funding opportunities
NFR: Stort, tverrfaglig Forskerprosjekt
Deadline: 6 May 2020
Peder Sather Grant, research collaboration
Deadline: 1 April 2020
DKNVS Stiftelses forskningsfond
Deadline: 1 April 2020
Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project Funding
Deadline: 6 May 2020
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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