Friday 13 May 2022, No 9, Week 19
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Director's note

This last week I, and several Bjerknes Scientists had full focus on the Arctic, participating and contributing on the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø and on a Norway-Korea Artic satellite event in Oslo. – The Arctic has no pause-button, said executive director Anu Fredrikson, on the opening day of Artic Frontiers Pathways 2022, reflecting on the choices the Arctic is facing in addressing pressing global challenges. 
And the urgency for action has never been more important as the region, alongside with the rest of the globe, maneuvers from one global crisis to another and as the ramifications of the current war are still partially to be unveiled.
While climate change is a pressing global challenge, the reality of Arctic cooperation is currently characterized by the rupture of the global security landscape. During a high-level debate on Arctic Collaboration Pathways Forward, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt delivered a strong personal eyewitness account from her Kyiv visit, which took place the days just prior. She discussed the effects of the war in Ukraine to the Arctic collaboration and the impact of global development trends on the Arctic.
Both minister Huitfeldt, David A. Balton, Executive Director, White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee nor Mika Aaltola, Director, Finnish Institute of international Affairs, saw no immediate potential structures for renewed Arctic collaboration with Russia in the foreseeable future.
During the conference, Professor John Walsh, Chief Scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, USA was awarded the Mohn Prize 2022.  In debates, Dr. Walsh brought up that continued environmental collaboration in the Arctic is uncertain and feared that gaps in vital climate and ocean data will be locked in for the future. The implications of these developments rippled through every aspect of Arctic research discussion during the conference.  Questions asked, but not fully answered are: Can we afford this lack of cooperation? How can we carve a meaningful and impactful action plan for a sustainable Arctic future, and which time frame should we focus on?
One pathway to impact in the Arctic is the science to policy engagement, which was the topic of a side event during AF 2022 led by Professor Tor Eldevik with panel members: Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment, Marie-Anne Coninsx, Member of the Board of Directors, International Polar Foundation, Professor Lise Øvreås, Norwegian National Academy of Science and Letters and Alun Jones Dr., NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Through a panel discussion and Q&A session, the side event highlighted the accomplishments of current engagement pathways, identifying their successes and the lessons that can be learnt from these for future science-policy interaction in the Arctic.
Yesterday, Are Olsen and I participated on a satellite event between Norway and South Korea hosted by the Korean embassy in Oslo.  After the scientific gathering we enjoyed lunch and social gathering at the Ambassadors residence. It was fun to hear that the whole Diplomatic Corps in Oslo often met and shared Norwegian tidbits, and that the whole corpse recently met at the Turkish embassy to brush up on Norwegian folk costume knowhow and 17th of May (Norway’s National Day) celebration and traditions. If you are in Bergen there is no way you will miss out on the day as it starts at 06:55 with drums, gun salute and ends at 23:15 with fireworks.  Check out the program here  
Enjoy your weekend and the 17th of May holiday,

The first Bjerknes Tropical Climate Workshop
On Thursday May 5th, about 25 researchers from the Bjerknes Centre met up for a workshop on tropical climate. There were participants from all Bjerknes partners and themes and covering most Bjerknes disciplines as well.
The aim of the workshop was to get an overview of the tropical research at the Bjerknes Centre, discuss the possibility and interest in a tropical group, and potentially spark ideas for new collaborations.
We had 5 15-minute presentations and several 2-3 minute snapshots from the participants covering multidisciplinary research from most of the tropics. The program moved from a global perspective, then zoomed in on regional climate around the globe, from Africa, Asia, and the Maritime Continent, and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as global teleconnections. The meeting was so interesting that we forgot to take a workshop photo.
We concluded the half-day workshop with a discussion on the future of tropical climate research within the Bjerknes Centre and decided on continuing with regular topical meetings. Thus, a Bjerknes Tropical Climate Group has now been established.

Lea Svendsen
Abels tårn radio stars
How warm was the climate during the Viking Age and what happens if the Moon disappears? Kikki Kleiven, Kjartan Olafsson (Dept.of Physics and Technology) and Mari Myksvoll were guests in the radio program Abels tårn last week where they answered questions from the listeners. Abels tårn is a weekly popular science program on NRK P2, and can also be found as a podcast.
You can listen to the podcast here
South Korea and the Bjerknes Centre x 2

Joint Korea and Norway Arctic Satellite Event

In collaboration with Arctic Frontiers, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Norway, the Norwegian Embassy in Seoul, the Korea Polar Research Institute, the Korea Maritime Institute and the Bjerknes Centre organized a joint Korea and Norway Satellite event Thursday the 12th of May with the focus on Connecting Knowledge and policy to secure Ocean Sustainability and combat Climate Change.
Ambassador Kim Pil-woo (who visited Bjerknes in November), Are Olsen, Anna Nikolopoulos (from the Norwegian Polar Institute) and Kikki Kleiven participated with presentations from the South Korean embassy in Oslo.  In Seoul, a group of 70 participants had gathered at the Four-Season hotel. Ambassador Frode Solberg, president of Kang Sung-Ho of Korea Polar Research Institute and President Kim Joeng-Deok of Korea Maritime Institute and Kikki gave opening remarks, whilst Anna and Are gave presentations on Establishing the Atlantic-Arctic Distributed Biological observatory and the Synoptic Arctic Survey, SAS: An international endeavor for better climate change research in the Arctic, respectively. Research colleagues from the South Korean institutes also gave presentations, followed by a round-table discussion and networking.
After the event, we were whisked off to the ambassador’s residence for a delicious lunch and social cultural exchange in a slightly surreal contrast to a scientist’s normal daily routine!  😊

Continuation and extension of MoU with IBS Center for Climate Physics

Today, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) at Pusan National University, Republic of Korea signs a continuation and extension of collaboration as described in the previous Memorandum of Understanding between the parties that was first signed on May 23, 2017.

New members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Tor Eldevik and Nele Meckler have been elected new members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. On May 3 the official celebration took place in Oslo. Here they celebrate with two other UiB members and the president Lise Øvreås. Photo (from left): Kjersti Fløttum. Tor Eldevik. Lise Øvreås, Eystein Jansen and Nele Meckler.
Bjerknes Team at the Bergen City Marathon
An exhausted, and satisfied group :). Well done everyone!
Back row: Ines Ollivier, Timothy Spain, Odd Helge Otterå, Andrew Seidl, Joseph Gaudard, Jan Even Øie Nilsen, Silje Lund Sørland
Front row: Johanne Skrefsrud, Anais Bretones, Clemens Spensberger
BCCR Seminar
On Monday, 16th May at 14:15 pm, 
Jörg Schwinger will give a BCCR Seminar titled "Emit now, mitigate later? Simulating the response of the Earth system to zero and negative emissions".
Venue: BCCR lecture room 4020, Jahnebakken 5.
Find abstract here.

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The portrait

Christiane Duscha

PhD student/ stipendiat

How long have you been at BCCR?
I’ve joined BCCR right at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

For both my bachelor's and master’s programs, I’ve studied Meteorology.
Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, and Remote Sensing

What is it you do exactly at work?
I would say, I actually have a nice split of working with measurement data analysis as well as preparing and working in the field. For my PhD, I study atmospheric convection over the ocean and over complex terrain. To achieve this, I develop different approaches to measure convection with Doppler wind Lidar.

Why climate research?
When thinking about the future, the climate, how it will change and how these changes will affect our lives is unavoidable. We have big challenges ahead of us and I think, any contribution, may it be big or small, counts to working against climate change.

What extracurricular activities do you have?
I enjoy Sailing in the fjords around Bergen and playing Volleyball. I also play the Violin and recently started to learn the Cello.

Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
My favourite band is of course “The Piggschweins”, which I’m a part of myself, with their interpretation of “Drunken Sailor” in d-minor.

Your favourite food?
Tagliatelle with spring onions, spinach, feta and lemon.

The best and worst about Bergen?
The thing I enjoy most about Bergen is that there is so much water around it. I also like the mountains, and the stunning view, when you climb one. However, there is one thing, I dislike about the latter. Originally, I come from a very flat area, where riding a bike is a lot of fun. In Bergen, it is too hilly for me to enjoy bike tours.
New face
Paul Dees is a new SEAS postdoctor at GFI, and he is from Netherlands. His field of expertise is ecology of (harmful) algae and oceanography. He will be working in the biogeochemistry group and be a part of the Climate hazards research theme,

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Bergens Geofysikeres Forening:
Foredrag: Havvind - muligheter og utfordringer.
Foredragsholdere vil bli annonsert. Foredraget er åpent for alle.
Hyggelig sosialt samvær med lett bevertning etter foredraget (påmelding).
Bergen Geophysics Society:

Talk: Off-shore wind power – possibilities and challenges.
Presenters TBA. Open for all.
Get-together with catering after the talk (with registration, TBA).
Time: 2 June 17:00
Place: Pynten (IMR), Nordnes
Upcoming CHESS activities
CHESS Lagrangian modelling course, 7-10 June
Science Writing Workshop with Dallas Murphy, 13-17 June
Details see CHESS website
Upcoming events
16th – 20th May 2022 Liège, Belgium
Bergen Summer Research School
2-17 June 2022
MPE Virtual Summer School on Attribution, causality, and decision-making.
June 6-10, 2022
The 8th HEPPA-SOLARIS workshop 
June 13-15 2022, Norway
SOLAS Summer School 2022
13-17 June virtual school
NVP International Summer School 2022 – The Global Arctic
17th – 26th June 2022 The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Training school:  Monday 27 June to Saturday 2 July 2022. The Workshop will take place within a three-day period from 27 to 29 June
Both in Athens, Greece 
WCRP Sea Level Conference
12-16 July, Singapore
Summer School on Land-Atmosphere Interaction Processes and Convection
24-31 July, National Norwegian Gliding Centre, Elverum, Norway
14th International Conference
on Paleoceanography

29 August–2 September 2022, Bergen, Norway
2022 IS-ENES3 Summer School on Data Science for Climate Modelling 
1 - 7 September in Athens, Greece
International symposium in remembrance of Prof. Yongqi Gao
7-9 September, The Grand, Bergen 
The International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers - ICYMARE 
13 to 16 September 2022 at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany
Third WMO Workshop on operational climate prediction
20–22 September 2022,Lisbon, Portugal
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
 21. September - 2. October 2022
Arctic Processes in CMIP6 Bootcamp
5-14 October 2022, Helgoland Germany
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
25-26 October 2022,  Hotel Terminus, Bergen
Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean
17-21 April 2023, Bergen
Bjerknes Getaway 2023
11-13 January, Geilo
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Spring call Bjerknes visiting fellow program 2022
Deadline June 1st.
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NFR: The UN Decade of Ocean Science – Communication and Dissemination
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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Research projects with mobility
Deadline: 14 September
Fulbright Arktis-stipend, Norway-USA mobility for Norwegian citizens
1 October
ERC Starting Grants 2023
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ERC Synergy Grants 2023
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MSCA Doctoral Networks Establishment of doctoral network
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International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
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