Friday 25 September 2020, No 17, Week 39
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Director's note

Bjerknes annual meeting

First of all, I would like to thank all of you who contributed to the annual meeting on September 15th, either in front of the cameras, behind the cameras, or from your office or home. From what I could observe, and from feedbacks from staff and outsiders, the meeting was a success. There were many great talks, perhaps most impressive those by our early career scientists, many were active in the chat function, and we had close to 150 participants, mainly from the Bjerknes Centre but also some guests. The 7,5 hour long event is still accessible at YouTube, where it is now seen more than 720 times.  
The lucky winners of the Bjerknes publication #2000 award (umbrella and t-shirt) were Jürg Schwinger and Jerry Tjiputra for their part in a community paper on carbon in the CMIP6 models. Due to delays in registration at Web of Science the #2000 publication is a moving target. At present, publication #2000 is a work led by Shunya Koseki on the regional atmospheric responses to the Benguela Ninas. Congratulations also to you!
Climate change continues to manifest itself. Recent examples are the many wildfires on the US west coast, and the very warm summer in the Arctic which saw its second lowest ice concentration. The changes in the Arctic may also have political implications, and last week I had the honour of giving the keynote speech on Arctic climate for the Parliamentarian assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Arctic is, and should continue to be, a region of peaceful coexistence and collaboration.
The Om i morgen (“about tomorrow”) foundation, established by creative students at the Geophysical Institute, had planned for a big conference in the Grieg Hall this year. Due to corona restriction this will instead be a series of talks and debates to be launched at during the coming week. In my speed-talk contribution on Monday I will go through “everything” that has happened to climate and climate policy, internationally and nationally, during the last 30 months, in 13 minutes, and with an optimistic twist at the end.  
It has been some relatively wet weeks in Bergen, and with three months left of the year it is comforting to notice that we are already approaching the annual mean. But it seems that we have a splendid weekend ahead of us, so remember to get out, fill your lungs with some fresh air, and prepare for a new week in your home office.
Ragnhild Gya (left) and winner of the local final, Tora Gaden. Photo: Øyvind Ganesh Eknes
Congratulations to Ragnhild Gya for advancing to the national finals of Researcher Grand Prix
This Wednesday the Bergen final of Researcher Grand Prix (Forsker Grand Prix) was held in the University Aula. The contestants have been preparing these last months, and got four minutes to present their research in an engaging way for a jury and the audience.
Ragnhild Gya, PhD with the Department of Biological Sciences and Bjerknes Centre, went through to the national finals, together with Tora Gaden, PhD with NORCE and the The Grieg Academy Centre for Music Therapy Research.
Ragnhild talked about the INCLINE project, and her research in how alpine plants react to the climate changes. This is the tenth year of the competition.
The national final is held this Saturday at 19.00 in Trondheim. Read more about it here (in Norwegian), and follow the stream on Youtube (in Norwegian).

Andreas H. Opsvik
New faces
We have a bunch of new Bjerknes members now, and here you meet four of them. (Next group will be presented in the next issue). From top left: Sonya Geange, Daniele Zannoni, Joseph Gaudard and Turid Hillestad Nel.
Sonya is a new postdoc at BIO and she is from New Zealand. She has a PhD in Biology and her field of expertise is alpine ecology. From Italy we have Daniele who has started in a postdoc position at GFI. His field is atmospheric water cycle and stable isotopes geochemistry. He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Joseph from Swtitzerland is a new PhD at BIO His field is carbon fluxes in cold terrestrial ecosystems. Last, but not least, Turid has joined the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour as a postdoc. She has a PhD in archaelogy. Welcome all of you!

Ellen Grong
First digital Bjerknes Annual Meeting
Tuesday 15th of September, we arranged our first digital Bjerknes Annual Meeting. We would of course have preferred to meet up in a conference hall to talk science and see each other in person, but the circumstances didn`t allow that.

The streaming was followed by more than 100 Bjerknesians and they got excellent talks within subjects from data management via machine learning to how moist affects cyclones.  The meeting was also followed by members from our Scientific Advisory Council who were very impressed by the quality of the talks and the science we do at the Bjerknes Center. We thank you all for participating in the meeting and hope to see you all soon.

Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen
Eystein Jansen and Andreas H. Opsvik preparing for the annual meeting. Photo and caption: Kerim H. Nisancioglu
The portrait
Name: Jenny Sjåstad Hagen
Position: PhD student
How long have you been at BCCR? I have been at BCCR since December 2018.
Education: Flood risk management (M.Sc.)
Background: My background is quite broad. I went from a performing arts (music) high school to studying geography (B.Sc.) at NTNU in Trondheim, international relations (B.Sc.+) at Novancia Business School in Paris and flood risk management (M.Sc.) at four universities and research institutes in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. For my M.Sc. thesis, I worked with the consultancy Deltares and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre on the development of flood forecasting models with machine learning for forecast-based financing in Togo. My engagement with the Water Youth Network and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth has given me the opportunity to voice the youth in scientific and political conferences; since April 2018, I have been a young scientist representative in the European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG).
What is it you do exactly at work? I carry out statistical analyses, apply machine learning algorithms to hydrological prediction tasks and read articles related to my field to stay updated on the state-of-the-art. This fall I also hold the exercise sessions for students following a course on physical climatology and attend a mandatory ethics course for PhD students at the University of Bergen. 
Why climate research? I find motivation in doing something that can be useful and meaningful to communities. Relating hydrological extremes to climate change is an interesting approach to that.  
What extracurricular activities do you have? In my free time I enjoy dancing (waltz, jive and west-coast swing) and hiking with my husband and our two wiener dogs (dachshunds). I used to enjoy travelling, swimming and standup comedy, but corona has somehow changed that…
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist? I really like the Iranian singer-songwriter Faramarz Aslani!
Your favourite food? Difficult to choose one. Home-made pizza?
The best and worst about Bergen? There are many good things about Bergen – lots of opportunities for recreational activities, cultural events and a great international environment to name a few. For me personally, the best thing about Bergen is the amazing people I have gotten to know here. The worst thing must be the December climatology – no real Christmas without snow!
Vacant positions
Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Paleogenomics
Deadline: 9th October 2020
Rådgiver/seniorrådgiver – Climate Futures
Deadline: 27 September 2020
Koutsodendris, A. et al. including Simon, M.H.(2020): A Plio-Pleistocene (c. 0–4 Ma) cyclostratigraphy for IODP Site U1478 (Mozambique Channel, SW Indian Ocean): Exploring an offshore record of paleoclimate and ecosystem variability in SE Africa. Newsletters on Stratigraphy doi:10.1127/nos/2020/0608.

Wittmeier, H. E., Schaefer, J. M., Bakke, J., Rupper, S., Paasche, Ø., Schwartz, R., Finkel, R. C. (2020): Late Glacial mountain glacier culmination in Arctic Norway prior to the Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews, 245, 1064621
Ekblom Johansson, F., Wangner, D. J., Andresen, C. S., Bakke, J., Støren, E. N., Schmidt, S. & Vieli, A. (2020): Glacier and ocean variability in Ata Sund, west Greenland, since 1400 CE. The Holocene, https://DOI.10.1177/0959683620950431
Ekblom Johansson, F., Bakke, J., Støren, E. N., Paasche, Ø., Egeland, K. & Arnaud, F. (2020). "Lake Sediments Reveal Large Variations in Flood Frequency Over the Last 6,500 Years in South-Western Norway." Frontiers in Earth Science 8 (239).
Kumar, O., A. L. Ramanathan, A. l., Bakke, J, Kotlia, B. S. Shrivastava, J. P. (2020): Disentangling source of moisture driving glacier dynamics and identification of 8.2 ka event: evidence from pore water isotopes, Western Himalaya. Scientific Reports, 10:15324,
Alsos, I., et al including Bakke, J. & van der Bilt, W. G. W. (2020): Last Glacial Maximum environmental conditions at Andøya, northern Norway; evidence for a northern ice-edge ecological “hotspot”, Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 239, 2020, 106364, ISSN 0277-3791,
Lane, T. P., Paasche, Ø., Kvisvik, B., Adamson, K. R., Rodés, Á., Patton, H., Gomez. D., Gheorghiu, D., Bakke, J., Hubbard, A. (2020).  Elevation changes of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet interior during the last deglaciation. Geophysical Research Letters,  47, e2020GL088796.
Balascio NL, Anderson RS, D’Andrea WJ, Wickler S, D’Andrea RM, Bakke J. (2020): Vegetation changes and plant wax biomarkers from an ombrotrophic bog define hydroclimate trends and human-environment interactions during the Holocene in Northern Norway. The Holocene, 1-20, 
de Vernal,A , Radi, T., Zaragosi, S., Van Nieuwenhove, N., Rochon, A., Allan,E.,  De Schepper, S. Eynaud, F., Head, M.J., Limoges, A., Londeix, L.,  Marret, F., Matthiessen, J., Penaud, A.,  Pospelova,V., Price, A., Richerol, T.(2020): Distribution of common modern dinoflagellate cyst taxa in surface sediments of the Northern Hemisphere in relation to environmental parameters: The new n=1968 database, Marine Micropaleontology, 159,101796, ISSN 0377-8398,

Goelzer, H. et al.(2020):: The future sea-level contribution of the Greenland ice sheet: a multi-model ensemble study of ISMIP6, Cryosphere, 14, 3071–3096,

Nieuwenhove, N., Head, M.J., Limoges, A.,Pospelova, V., Mertens,K.N., Matthiessen, J., De Schepper, S., de Vernal, A.,  Eynaud, F., Londeix, L., Marret, F., Penaud, A., Radi, T., Rochon, A. (2020): An overview and brief description of common marine organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst taxa occurring in surface sediments of the Northern Hemisphere, Marine Micropaleontology, 159, 101814, ISSN 0377-8398,

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Han var en av arkitektene bak Plan S, nå forsvinner han like før bygget reises            
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- Velkommen til framtiden                     
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Upcoming events
CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
28 September-30 September Online
International Atmospheric Rivers Conference Sponsored Symposium
5-9 October 2020 , virtually
Workshop ‘Isotopes and Evaporation’,
20 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
CHESS: State of the Art Weather and Climate modeling
16-19 November, Geophysical Institute, UiB
Bjerknes Christmas Party
20 November, Bergen
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
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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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