Friday 28 May 2021, No 10, Week 21
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Director's note

Summer has come to Bergen

Our postponed “Geilo-getaway” was supposed to take place this week, but since the reopening of Bergen has been slower than anticipated, our planned Science & Fun event had to be cancelled. The only part that was not cancelled, was a seminar on the changes taking part in the Arctic climate, ecosystems, politics and governance. If you didn’t follow the seminar Wednesday, it is still possible to watch it on YouTube. Øyvind Paasche did a great job in moderating the discussions.
Arctic is to a large extent influenced by what is happening to weather and climate further south. But are the arrows also pointing in the opposite directions? Will sea ice loss cause changes to weather and climate outside the Arctic? This was the topic for Peter Siew’s excellent PhD thesis that he presented and defended yesterday. Congratulation to Peter, his supervisor Camille, and to the Centre. This was PhD defense number 7 so far this year.      
New interesting Bjerknes publications are coming every week. One I found particularly interesting this time (yes I am trained as a physical oceanographer) is one Elaine McDonagh is part of, and where they have studied the changes in heat content in the ocean from 2006 to 2017. By separating the local temperature changes into advection (redistribution) and material (fluid-following) parts, they are able to explain the heterogeneity in the warming patterns, and also to quantify the changes in the large-scale ocean circulation that is needed for the inferred redistribution of heat.
On Monday, eight of us will spend the afternoon discussing 13 one-page proposals for new strategic projects. There are many proposals with very high quality, and I can assure you that it will not be an easy task to identify the tentatively four groups that will be tasked to develop more complete project descriptions during summer and early fall.
As you probably have noticed, summer has arrived in Bergen, and weather forecast promises eight more days with pleasant temperatures and no rain.

New PhD: Peter Yu Feng Siew
Yesterday on 27 May, Peter Yu Feng Siew successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title: «Exploring Arctic-midlatitude teleconnections using observations and numerical models». 
Many congratulations!

Peter Yu Feng Siew flanked by supervisors Camille Li and Stefan Sobolowski. Photo: Andreas H. Opsvik
Check out the new member info pages!
As asked for in our member survey earlier this year, we have set up a new set of info pages on our web page.
Please take a look. If you miss anything, please don't hesitate to ask!


New faces

A warm welcome to our new Bjerknes members!
Damien Couespel is a new postdoctor at Norce and he is from France. He has a PhD in Oceanography and his field comprise oceanography, physics-biogeochemistry interactions, marine primary production, carbon cycle, meso and sub-mesoscale processes. He will be affiliated with the Carbon System research theme.
Chiara De Falco is a new postdoctor at Norce. She is Italian, and her field is physical oceanography. She has a Phd in Enrivonmental Sciences. Chiara will belong to the Carbon System research theme.
The Portrait

Name: Fei Li
Position: Postdoc

How long have you been at BCCR?
2 years
Education: PhD in Meteorology
I hold a PhD in Meteorology from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). I have 3-year working experience as a postdoc at Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU).
What is it you do exactly at work?
I am developing a higher resolution version of the Norwegian Earth System Model that is more suitable for representing the interaction between the North Atlantic, Nordic Seas, and Arctic and to better capture ocean-atmosphere interaction over mid-latitude sea surface temperature fronts.
Why climate research?
I was born in a meteorological family. I accepted my parents' advice when I chose the major and enjoy it slowly.
What extracurricular activities do you have?
I like cycling on sunny days, enjoying the sights. I also like swimming in the gym on rainy days, listening to the rain.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
Alan Walker – The Spectre
Your favourite food?
Chinese hot pot particularly on windy and rainy days. Friends sit around a simmering pot of soup at the center of the table with various raw ingredients (meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and noodles) and flavor them with individual dipping sauces.
The best and worst about Bergen?
I enjoy the tranquillity of a slower pace of life in Bergen. I can't think of anything bad. 
New publications 
Bradshaw, C.D., Langebroek, P.M., Lear, C.H. et al. (2021): Hydrological impact of Middle Miocene Antarctic ice-free areas coupled to deep ocean temperatures. Nat. Geosci.

Hall S.B., Subrahmanyam, B., Nyadjro, E.S., Samuelsen, A. (2021):Surface Freshwater Fluxes in the Arctic and Subarctic Seas during Contrasting Years of High and Low Summer Sea Ice Extent. Remote Sensing.13(8):1570.

van der Bilt, W.G.M., Barr, I.D., Berben, S.M.P. et al including Bakke, J. (2021): Late Holocene canyon-carving floods in northern Iceland were smaller than previously reported. Commun Earth Environ 2, 86

Sulpis, O., Jeansson, E., Dinauer, A. et al. including Lauvset,S. (2021): Calcium carbonate dissolution patterns in the ocean. Nat. Geosci. (2021).

Send us information about new publications:
Journal Jungle – PhD Forum meeting Thursday 20.05.21
After many open questions and unclarities after the GFI-lunch talk of Camille about “how and why to set up your own scientific journal” the PhD Forum collected questions from the PhDs regarding anything to do with publishing scientific papers. The idea was to talk about “common knowledge” that you don’t learn about in any course but that is normally acquired on the way while becoming a researcher. Specifically, we wanted to give PhDs in their early stage the opportunity to clarify some basic terms and procedures so that they would have the base to form their own opinions.
A nice collection of questions was gathered with a focus on:
  • Identifying relevant publishers and journals for a manuscript
  • The job of reviewers and editors
  • Clarifying some widely used terms and myths
The collection of questions is accessible here.
The online Forum Meeting
20 PhD-candidates signed up and joined the meeting with Camille Li and Tor Eldevik. The format of the meeting quickly shaped into a pure Q&A session with Tor and Camille answering some questions with facts and definitions and elaborating on other questions based on their opinions.
The time was not enough to answer the full set of questions but we touched upon many topics and several of the participants had some “click” moments.

A mindmap that was created during the meeting.

What remains
The outcome of the meeting was a general awareness for the many facettes of the topic and the realization, that in order to form opinions, you have to have the opportunity to talk to more advanced researchers.
For some PhDs, this seemed to be no obstacle and for them the PhD Forum meeting was merely a repetition of what they had discussed with their mentors before. Others welcomed the input from outside their, at times small, bubbles and those have now a starting point from which they can approach potential discussion partners.
I hope this PhD Forum meeting helped the participants to discover some “unknown unknowns” and that they take advantage of the next opportunity to discuss remaining open questions with group members and colleagues.
Thank you Camille and Tor for your time and valuable inputs!

Sonja Wahl

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) -
Call for papers for Special Issue on Sub-seasonal to Decadal Predictions in support of Climate Services
The  Climate Services Journal is accepting submissions related to the challenges and opportunities of subseasonal to decadal (S2D) predictions in relation to climate services, as well as studies on user-relevant climate services related to S2D prediction are welcome. This also includes reviews, case studies, and collaborative international efforts. More information is available at:
Prize Challenge to improve Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictions using Artificial Intelligence 
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is launching a prize challenge to improve current forecasts of precipitation and temperature 3 to 6 weeks into the future from today’s best computational fluid dynamical models using Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning techniques. The challenge is organized by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) / World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Prediction Project (S2S Project), in collaboration with the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Start of competition June 1st, End competition Oct 31st. Announcement winners Dec 15th. Prizes for the top three submissions
•            Winning team: CHF 15 000
•            2nd team: CHF 10 000
•            3rd team: CHF 5 000
Competition website: To get the announcement, click here.
Nature article: Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first-century sea level rise 
A study published in Nature today quantifies the contribution from land ice to sea level rise in the 21st century. Ice melt from the world's glaciers has been included, together with the ice sheets on Greenland and in Antarctica. "We have combined the results from glaciers and ice sheets that were carried out in separate projects", says Heiko Goelzer, researcher at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and NORCE.
This work was partly thanks to the support from the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, which supported ISMIP6 and GlacierMIP through sponsoring of workshops, hosting the websites and ISMIP6 wiki, and promotion. The WCRP is also acknowledged through its Working Group on Coupled Modelling, which coordinated and promoted CMIP5 and CMIP6.
Abstract submission now open for 2nd Climate Observation Conference, organised by GCOS and WCRP with the support of EUMETSAT
The call for abstracts for the 2nd Climate Observation Conference will be held virtually on 30 August – 3 September 2021, is now open! Abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website for either an oral or poster presentation. The abstract submission deadline is 14 June 2021. The preliminary structure of the programme is now available on the conference website. The participants can register to the conference using the online registration tool. The registration deadline is 15 August 2021.
For more information, please visit the conference webpage:
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the GCOS Secretariat at:
For information on WCRP activities, contact:
Beatriz Balino
Coordinating Office for WCRP Regional Activities,
CliC International Project Office,
Vacant position
Interdisciplinary PhD research fellowship in glacier modeling and politics
UiB, Department of Earth Science
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Bjerknes in the news
Forståelig skepsis til langtidsvarsler                   
Bergens Tidende – Login 27.05.2021 Erik Kolstad
Nytt EU prosjekt: Hvordan havis og snø påvirker klimaframtiden vår                    
Norsk Polarinstitutt 27.05.2021 Christoph Heinze
Ahh sheesh, Ulriken under vann bro                  
STOFF   26.05.2021 Asgeir Sorteberg 
Antarktis: - Bekymringsfullt                    
Dagbladet 19.05.2021 Petra Langebroek 
Radikal rapport fra IEA: Spår oljepris-sjokk                      
Nettavisen 18.05.2021 Tore Furevik 
«Århundrets mulighet»             
VG Nett 16.05.2021 Tore Furevik 
Havstigning fra smeltevann kan halveres                        
Energi og Klima 07.05.2021 Heiko Goelzer
Antarctic ice sheet melt more concerning than previously thought                     
NewsBreak  25.05.2021 
Meeting of Assembly of UArctic concludes online               26.05.2021  Tore Furevik
Should the ERC be worried about its low success rate?              
University World News 22.05.2021 Eystein Jansen
Juni var rekordvarm i fjor. Slik er værutsiktene i år.                     
Bergens Tidende          22.05.2021 Erik Kolstad
Solar Geoengineering can Mitigate Effects of Global Warming on Rainfed Crops      
AZoCleantech 21.05.2021 Jerry Tjiputra 
La vegetazione terrestre sta cambiando più velocemente di quanto non abbia fatto negli ultimi 18.000 anni                    
Greenreport  21.05.2021 Suzette Flantua, Alistair Seddon 
Global acceleration in rates of vegetation change
EurekAlert! 20.05.2021 Suzette Flantua, Alistair Seddon 
Solar geoengineering may be effective in alleviating impacts of global warming on crops         
EurekAlert! 20.05.2021 Jerry Tjiputra
Ritiro della calotta glaciale antartica                  
ECPlanet 17.05.2021 Petra Langebroek
En knallvinter er over, men trenden går mot færre skidager               
Aftenposten 14.05.2021 Asgeir Sorteberg
Ecosysteem oceaan speelt sleutelrol in verwijderen CO2                         
Universiteit Utrecht 14.05.2021
Antarctic ice sheet retreat could trigger chain reaction              
Mirage News 13.05.2021 Svein Østerhus, Petra Langebroek
Prehistoric megafloods smaller than assumed               
Alpha Galileo 12.05.2021 Willem van der Bilt
 OG DET BLIR VARMERE             
Bergensavisen  12.05.2021
Upcoming events
International workshop for mid-latitude air-sea interaction
June 8-9 online,  June 12-14 online and in-face, Sapporo, Japan
Virtual Workshop on the New Global Ocean Biogeochemistry (GO-BGC) Array - Building a Community of Biogeochemical Float Data Users
June 28-30, 2021
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
Summer School on glacier-climate change
September 6-11, Iceland
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
Upcoming CHESS courses/activities 
 (until June):
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, 
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 Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 1 June (Extended from 8 April 2021)
NFR, EJP Soil. European Joint Programme on Soil - First external Call
Deadline: 7 September 2021
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