Friday 8 April 2022, No 7, Week 14
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Director's note

“Our Climate is our Future. Our Future is in our Hands”

On April 4th, the IPCC Working Group III issued its long-awaited report on mitigation of Climate Change in a media event which had the emotional title above, capping IPCC’s recent scientific trilogy. The title is a poignant reminder that the science is clear and that the time is now to act.  Whereas the first two working groups examined climate change from the physical science basis and impacts, and adaptation and vulnerability respectively, the contributions of Working Group III are dedicated to the topic of climate change mitigation.  The IPCC’s meticulously reviewed reports aim to provide policymakers with the most up-to-date climate science consensus with a view to informing and accelerating decision making in the fight against the climate crisis. AR6 is expected to be concluded in September this year upon the release of a final synthesis report.
The report is a prescription for "a global climate cure". It lists many good, cost-effective solutions for cutting emissions and increasing carbon uptake. It includes the transition to solar and wind energy, hydropower, electrification of transport, greener buildings and cities, more climate-friendly production, climate-friendly goods and services, more sustainable forest and land use and less food waste. IPCC state (again) that we have a very short time before the emissions must start decreasing. Our efforts so far are not enough: more drastic climate measures are required. It will cost, but the price for not doing so is much higher. IPCC clearly state that the global economic benefit of limiting warming to below 2 degrees is greater than the cost of climate measures.
But does it really matter what I do as an individual, or for instance what the Bjerknes Centre does? For the first time IPCC clearly state that what you do as an individual also has a big effect, because we can contribute to emissions cuts by changing our consumption habits, by changing systems, and by using new technology.
The most to be gained by fare is if we change our eating habits - especially by reducing our meat consumption and switching to a more plant-based diet. It will also help a lot if we throw away less food and reduce the carbon footprint of our travels. It is not unexpected that it is harder to change emissions from industry. But emissions can be reduced somewhat by us consumers demanding more sustainable products and technology. Of course, these are personal choices, but the IPCC is now offering science-based advice on mitigation and actions.  As a Centre with a role to communicate science we must take care to preserve our authenticity and to avoid actions that could be viewed as hypocritical and undermine our authority. After all, The Bjerknes Centre’s vision is Understanding climate for the benefit of society!
God påske fra Kikki

Synoptic Arctic Survey community meeting
A Synoptic Arctic Survey community meeting was held on March 31st, in conjuction with the Arctic Science Summit Week in Tromsø. This was a hybrid meeting, with alltogether approximately 40 scientists, program managers and early career scientists attending. It was really nice to meet and interact with many of the SAS people in person again, after two years with only virtual meetings.  The SAS has evolved into a massive effort with a lot of cruises conducted in 2020 and 2021, and some planned for 2022. Partners from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and the USA presented the work thay they had conducted. We were in particular impressed by the unique data collected on the German/Russian/Swiss “Arctic  Century expedition” to the Barents and Laptev Seas, and troubled by the challenges that this important collaboration is facing in the wake of the war in Ukraine. Norway makes several important contributions to the SAS, and at this meeting Agneta Fransson from NPI presented the achievements made during the Arctic Ocean Nansen Legacy cruise onboard the Kronprins Haakon last year, and Are Olsen presented the upcoming cruise to the Greenland Sea onboard the Johan Hjort. We further discussed how to proceed with the synthesis phase, that the the Synoptic Arctic Survey is now entering. Data sharing and authors for the different papers are issues that needs to be resolved in the coming year. We ended the day by enjoying freshly caught cod – or skrei – from the Lofoten area. For more information on the Synoptic Arctic Suvey, visit
Are Olsen and Øyvind Paasche  
Bjerknes at the SKUP conference in Tønsberg
Do we pose the right questions within the climate journalism? That was the theme for a debate Kikki Kleiven was invited to take part in during the conference. The SKUP conference is a Norwegian conference for investigative journalism, and it took place in Tønsberg 1-3 April.
Newly appointed Bjerknes Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) 2022-2026.
In its board meeting on the 23rd of March, the Bjerknes board approved the proposed Bjerknes SAC, suggested to the board by the Bjerknes leader group. 
Continuing SAC members:
Professor June-Yi Lee
Professor and Deputy Chair at the IBS Center for Climate Physics, Busan, South Korea
Dr. Carlo Buontempo
Director of Copernicus Climate Change Service at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), United Kingdom
New SAC members:
Professor Gavin Foster
Professor of Isotope Geochemistry within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Dr. Marion Gehlen
Research Director at LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement), Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Dr. Femke de Jong
Senior Scientist in Physical Oceanography at the Ocean Systems department at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Netherlands
Professor Thomas Jung
Vice Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven and Professor for Physics of the Climate System at the University of Bremen, Germany
The leader group will also search for an international early career scientist to join our board.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting - save the dates!

The annual meeting will take place in Bergen on October 25-26. Venue and program tbd.
Invitation to submit papers:

Research topic (Special issue) in Frontiers in Marine Science
Topic Editors: Øivind Bergh, Lynne Falconer, Elisabeth Ytteborg
More information

Contact: (Oceanography and Climate Group, IMR)

Food Production Potential in the Changing Ocean.
This Research Topic aims to attract articles that elucidate the impact of climate change on the production potential of farmed and wild fish, shellfish and other aquatic species throughout the world. Research articles can include field trials and surveys, laboratory and tank experiments and modelling studies. Perspectives and review articles are also welcome. The scope covers all aspects of climate change affecting the marine food production potential and disease interactions, for example, studies on biological performance, environment, technology as well as broader interdisciplinary research. Studies targeted by this Research Topic also include assessments of the global and regional growth potential for aquaculture, especially in the light of new technologies, circular economy and sustainable food production.

The changing ocean alters the potential for food production, as well as the interactions between wild and cultured populations. It is the goal to attract papers covering the present situation as well as model and experimental studies elucidating the situation in the future ocean.

This Research Topic welcomes:
• Research papers (Field surveys, and studies, as well as laboratory experimental studies)
• Model studies
• Reviews
• Perspective articles
Submission Deadlines: 20 September 2022: Abstract, 01 March 2023: Manuscript
New face
Charlotte Rahlves is a new member of the Bjerknes Centre, and she is a PhD research fellow at NORCE. She comes from Germany and will be a part of the Polar research theme. She will be working on an ice-sheet-climate related project, starting in April this year. In this project (GEASE project) she will be modeling the Greenland ice sheet and its interaction with the future climate. 
Welcome to BCCR, Charlotte!
The portrait

Name:  Vår Dundas 

Position: Ph.D. student (and leading the PhD-forum, so I'll just use the opportunity to say 1) remember to send over contact info to new PhDs and 2) if you're a new PhD and don't know what the forum is - let me know!)

How long have you been at BCCR? Since summer 2020 
Education: master's in physical oceanography from GFI 

Background: I'm from Bergen – though I don't really count myself as a "Bergenser", I lived too long in Trondheim as a kid I think and my dialect is completely messed up.  
What is it you do exactly at work? Lately, I'm trying to become friends with a ROMS model. Until recently it's been a very one-sided effort, but I think the idealized ROMS setup is just about to start accepting me in its life. The goal is to study the effect of strong wind events on the ocean along the continental shelf break in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. There is a trough cross-cutting the continental shelf here, extending from an ice shelf cavity in the south to the continental shelf break in the north, so we want to simulate how strong wind events affect the inflow of warm waters into this trough.  
Why climate research? This was much more complicated to answer than I expected. On one side it's what I wanted to study, which was some sort of applied physics or math connected to nature. On the other side, I think I've always appreciated weather, the ocean, waves, all these things in nature that you can just sit and watch as it evolves. Then on the third side anthropogenic climate change has been one of my main political concerns for a long time. And together all these things more or less directly point towards the non-solid earth side of geophysics, and in the end oceanography in Antarctica. Recently I've also started to really appreciate the different sides of climate research, and the opportunity you can get to work with both modeling projects and fieldwork side by side.  
What extracurricular activities do you have? Here I absolutely do not stand out: I'm very happy that the outdoor climbing season is starting, and at the moment I am also very excited about trying to get better at surfing. What do I do that's not completely typical though.... I've used to play quite a lot of volleyball (hopefully we can also get the GFI-volleyball up and running again soon!) and I'm trying to make a "spice garden" on my terrace this spring.  
Do you have a favorite song, band, or artist? I do have an artistic take of the soundwave of Atom heart mother by Pink Floyd tattooed on my arm, so I guess maybe I'll have to say that this is my favorite song..? 
Your favorite food? This is almost harder to answer than the "Why climate change"-question! Can I answer favorite meal instead? Then I think it's breakfast – with lots of time and lots of coffee, warm rolls, and some sort of fancy cheese and fruits.  
The best and worst about Bergen? I think someone has answered the same before but I wholeheartedly agree that it is the good weather: It's amazing when it's amazing for obvious reasons, but the bad conscience and restlessness that comes when you can't go outside and enjoy, or when you really just wanted a rainy-day Sunday inside is slightly awful as well.  
New publications
Send us information about new publications:

Dalton, A. S., Gowan, E. J., Mangerud, J., Möller, P., Lunkka, J. P., and Astakhov, V.: Last interglacial sea-level proxies in the glaciated Northern Hemisphere. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 1447–1492,, 2022. 

Samuelsen A, Schrum C, Yumruktepe VÇ, Daewel U and Roberts EM (2022) Environmental Change at Deep-Sea Sponge Habitats Over the Last Half Century: A Model Hindcast Study for the Age of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:737164. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.737164

Info on how to include BCCR in your publications.
Older publications
Vacant position
PhD research fellowship in ocean dynamics
Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen
Application deadline: 10 May 2022
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Forskerforum   28.03.2022
An Assessment of Geophysical Survey Techniques for Characterising the Subsurface Around Glacier Margins, and Recommendations for Future Applications                        
Frontiers in Earth Science 28.03.2022
Nansen Seminar 
On Wednesday April 27th, 13:00-14:00, we are happy to invite you to our Nansen Seminar that will be held by David W. J. Thompson. 
He will be visiting the Nansen Center between April 25th to 29th. If you would like to meet with him, please get in touch with Tore Furevik (
Title: Understanding two key aspects of surface temperature variability
Presenter: David W. J. Thompson, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, Department of Atmospheric Science, CSU
Place: Copernicus lecture room (114), Nansen Center
Hope to see you there!
Best wishes,
Bjerknes tropical climate workshop
Dear all,
We would like to invite you to a Bjerknes tropical climate workshop on Thursday May 5th 09:00-12:30 including lunch. We will have some longer presentations (15 minutes) and several shorter snapshots (2 minutes) from all disciplines to get an overview of the tropical climate research being done at the Bjerknes Centre, discuss the possibility of continuing with a tropical climate subgroup and hopefully also inspire new collaborations.
Please sign up for the workshop here: by this Friday (April 8TH), and indicate if you would like to present your work in a 15 min or 2 min slot. You also have the option to attend the workshop without presenting. Remember talks should be on a level that will be understandable for the entire interdisciplinary attendance list. More information will be given closer to the workshop.
Kind regards,
Upcoming CHESS activities
CHESS/UiB IceFinse field course, 20-28 April
From idea to project: Writing successful project proposals, 2-3 May
Winter School on Atmosphere-Ocean-Ice Interaction Processes, 1-6 May
CHESS Annual Meeting 2022,  9-13 May
CHESS Lagrangian modelling course, 7-10 June
Science Writing Workshop with Dallas Murphy, 13-17 June
Details see CHESS website
Bjerknes social - lønningspils
On Friday, the 22nd of April at 17:00 we will meet for some drinks together as a social Bjerknes Event or ‘Lønningspils’! There will be beer and juice available for purchase with VIPPS or cash. You can of course bring some food. To make an estimate about the amount of drinks needed, we ask you to sign up, but you can also just spontaneously come by and gather!
If there is interest, we will make a common pizza order. We will share the costs equally. If you want to participate in that, please indicate that in the sign-up form.
The Bjerknes Social will take place in the GFI garden (sydpolen).
Sign up here (in case you want to make sure that there are enough drinks for everybody and that you can participate in the pizza order, you need to be on this list the latest Wednesday, 20th April 12:00):
Anna, Christian, Johannes, Maaike
Upcoming events
 April 26-28th, 2022, Scandic Bergen City hotel, Bergen, Norway
3-4 May, Tromsø
2022 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry 
May 1-6, 2022, in Castelldefels, near Barcelona, Spain
53rd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics  & 3rd GO2NE oxygen conference
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
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, Bergen
Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean
17-21 April 2023, Bergen
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
NFR: Travel grant Emerging Leaders 2022
DIKU Research-Education cooperation Iceland-Norway
Deadline: 20 April 
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
Deadline 25 October (tentative)
ERC Synergy Grants 2023
Deadline: 8 November (tentative)
MSCA Doctoral Networks Establishment of doctoral network
Deadline: 15 November
International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
Deadline: 30 November
ERC Consolidator Grants 2023
Deadline: 2 February (tentative)
ERC Advanced Grants 2023
Deadline: 23 May (tentative)
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