Friday 14 August 2020, No 14, Week 33
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Director's note

Returning to work
We are gradually coming back to work after a vacation where many stayed close to home. After some years with record high temperatures, this summer was more normal with winds, rain and in between some sun. This has given time for reading, and I hope that you have seen and enjoyed the ice-cream interviews with ten Bjerknes polar scientists throughout the summer. Welcome back, hopefully with charged batteries and motivated for a new and exciting semester.
It is impossible to predict how the COVID19 pandemic will unfold in the coming months. After a period with very few new infected here in Norway, more cross-border travelling combined with less attention and in some cases stupidity, has led to an increase in new cases. But we are in a much better situation than six months ago in terms of awareness, test capacity, and virus tracing, so hopefully the situation will soon improve again in Norway and in other countries.    
There have been many exciting publications this summer: Fanny Ekblom and colleagues have revealed large variations in flood frequency in south-western Norway over the last 6500 years;  Eystein Jansen and colleagues that the present Arctic warming compares in magnitude with abrupt climate changes in the past;   Elin Darelius that our coastal waters are becoming warmer and the fjords less ventilated;  and Ingo Bethke, François Counillon, Noel Keenlyside and  Yiguo Wang that the North Atlantic climate is more predictable than previously thought, to mention a few.  
In March I predicted that we would see Bjerknes publication number 2000 early this fall, and according to Web of Science we are now at 1989. Due to time lags in registration it is likely that we already have passed 2000, but we will have to wait some time before the Bjerknes 2K publication is announced. There are several high-impact publications in the near pipeline, so it seems that 2020 will turn out to be a very good publication year for our Centre.  
I spent my last two days of vacation, and my first two days at work, in beautiful Rosendal in Hardanger. The Bjerknes Centre, the Instiute of Marine Research, and the Folgefonn Centre organised the first pilot version of Rosendalsveko (the Rosendal week), and according to what I saw and also to what I heard from many of the more than 80 attendants in Rosendal, this was a huge success. Many thanks to Kerim Nisancioglu who came up with the idea, spent parts of his summer to organise, and also let us stay at his summer house.
Best wishes,
Bjerknes Annual Meeting (BAM) Tuesday 15th of September, Terminus Hall 
This years BAM will take place Tuesday 15th of September at Terminus Hall. Since we celebrate our 20th anniversary this years, we will use the meeting to focus on what we have achieved during these years and what will be the major challenges for the future. Due to covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be open for a maximum of 100 participants at a first come, first served basis. The meeting and dinner is free of charge for all participants. Please use this link  to sign up for the meeting.

Preliminary programme

Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen
The launch of Rosendalsveko
For the first time Kerim Nisancioglu and Jostein Bakke launched the new concept “Rosendalveko" in the beautiful village of Rosendal.

Rosendalsveko is an alternative to the larger political festival in Arendal which normally takes place at this time of year, but which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Unlike Arendalsuka which is broad and covers all current political issues, Rosendalsveko targets topics related to climate, energy and sustainable use of resources for a green transformation of society. The focus is on the region of Western Norway where much of the power production, fish farming and maritime industry is located.

At the end of the semester, following a brain storming meeting at Folgefonnsenteret developing new joint ideas for activities, Kerim Nisancioglu came up with the idea to gather scholars, industry partners, investors and politicians from Western Norway in Rosendal at the food of Hardangerfjorden for a mini-version of Arendal. 
Together with Jostein Bakke, Una Kolle at Folgefonnsenteret, and Geir Lasse Taranger from the Institute of Marine Research, an exiting programme was organised, with speakers recruited in a record time, during the summer vacation.

Panel debate

Tore Furevik and Silje Skjelsvik

The result was a group of about 70 persons gathered on the pier in-front of Folgefonnsenteret in Rosendal for two days of talks, discussions and debates. The event culminated in a debate between members of the Norwegian parliament, heads of Vestlandet county and the Dean of UiB lead by the chief editor of Bergens Tidende, followed by future perspectives by Silje Skjelsvik from Om i Morgen and Tore Furevik with a clear message from everyone to make this an annual event.

Gudrun Sylte
New faces

Heather Regan is a new postdoc at NERSC in the sea ice modelling group. She has a PhD in Earth and Ocean Science and her field of expertise is polar physical oceanography.

Antonio Bonaduce is a new sea level expert at NERSC. He is from Italy and has a degree in Natural Science. He will be affiliated with the Hazards theme at Bjerknes.

Welcome, Heather and Antonio!
Vacant positions
PhD position in Climate Prediction
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 15 August 2020 
Researcher position in Water Isotope Meteorology
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 23 August 2020 
3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Senior Researcher position to study permafrost thaw and consequences to nature and society using Earth system modeling
Deadline: 30 August 2020
New proposal writing class from October 2020 to January 2021 at Bjerknes Center  
Considering that NFR has moved the new projects submission deadline to early February 2021, NOW is the time to develop your idea and start planning your proposal. 
This is an offer to early-career scientists at GFI and Bjerknes Centre who plan to submit a project proposal in 2021 and have little or no experience yet in proposal writing. 
This class will consist of weekly meetings of about 1.5 hours from middle of October until the NFR deadlines in February 2021. By taking the class, you will consecutively develop your idea into a proposal draft and finally, a complete proposal ready to submit within the NFR deadline. This writing class will complement the support you get from your supervisor or scientific mentor and cannot replace that kind of support. 
We will decide at a later stage if classes are on-site or online, depending on National guidelines for Covid-19 pandemic. 
The class is now open for registration. Please follow this LINK .  
Registration deadline is 28.09.2020. After registration we will agree on a time slot that fits most participants, and detailed information will be sent out. The class meetings start in week 42 (from Oct 12). 
Participants should have a clear intention to submit a proposal in 2021. When the class starts, they should have made a decision which call they are going to apply for. Are you not sure yet, please contact us so we can help you find a relevant call. 
In the class we will have a special focus on the NFR funding schemes Researcher Projects for: Young Research Talents, International Mobility and Scientific Renewal, with call deadline 10 Feb 2021. In-depth information on NFR evaluation criteria, proposal templates, and CV templates will be central. This class is also open for early-career scientists who plan to submit a proposal to other NFR funding schemes, as well as to other deadlines and funding schemes in 2021, such as for example MSCA IF or ERC StG. There will be no other hands-on proposal writing class offered before October 2021, but the annual 2-day CHESS proposal writing workshop will be held in spring 2021 for those who are not ready to develop a full proposal now. 
Friederike, UiB-GFI, 
Nadine, NORCE Climate, 
Mahaut, UiB-GFI and Bjerknes CPU, 
Cat, NERSC, 
Linling, UiB-GEO, 
Babin, D.P., Franzese, A.M., Hemming, S.R., Hall, I.R., LeVay, L.J., Barker, S., Tejeda, L., Simon, M.H., and the Expedition 361 Scientists (2020): Data report: X-ray fluorescence core scanning of IODP Site U1474 sediments, Natal Valley, Southwest Indian Ocean, Expedition 361.  Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program,

Just and the Expedition 361 Scientists including Simon, M.H. (2020): Data report: evaluation of shipboard magnetostratigraphy by alternating field demagnetization of discrete samples, Expedition 361, Site U1475,361, Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program.  Doi: 10.14379/iodp.proc.361.202.2020

Koseki, S., and Imbol Koungue, R. A. (2020): Regional atmospheric response to the Benguela Niñas.
International Journal of Climatology,doi: 10.1002/joc.6782.

Shen, H., Li, F., He, S., Orsolini Y.J., and J. Li,. Impact of late spring Siberian snow on summer rainfall in South-Central China. Clim Dyn 54, 3803–3818,

Sulpis, O., Lauvset, S. K., and Hagens, M. (2020): Current estimates of K1* and K2* appear inconsistent with measured CO2 system parameters in cold oceanic regions, Ocean Sci., 16, 847–862,
Tsegaw, A. T., Pontoppidan, M., Kristvik, E., Alfredsen, K., and Muthanna, T. M. (2020): Hydrological impacts of climate change on small ungauged catchments – results from a global climate model–regional climate model–hydrologic model chain, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2133–2155,

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Bjerknes in the news
ERC argumenterte med behovene til unge forskere, nå får de svar på tiltale               
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New Study Warns of Abrupt Arctic Warming as Canadian Ice Shelf Collapses Aug 13 2020
High North News 13.08.2020, Eystein Jansen 
Deltok på Rosendalsveko: - Over alle forventingar                         
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Store dalar under Folgefonna                  
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600 meter med is                          
Hordaland Folkeblad 11.08.2020, Jostein Bakke 
New study warns: We have underestimated the pace at which the Arctic is melting 10.08.2020 Eystein Jansen 
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Khrono 09.08.2020, Eystein Jansen 
- Det kan oppstå katastrofeflommer                    
Bergens Tidende 09.08.2020 Jostein Bakke 
Kappløpet er i gang                       
Vi Menn 07.08.2020, Helge Drange 
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Hun elsket kjøttdeig, plastposer og shopping. Slik fikk hun familien på fem til å leve mer miljøvennlig
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Breforskeren frykter katastrofeflommer                            
Hardanger Folkeblad Pluss 06.08.2020 Jostein Bakke, Fanny Maria Ekblom Johansson 
Ferskvatn i havet piskar opp vinterstormar i Noreg                        
NRK Nordland   03.08.2020 Lars Henrik Smedsrud
Upcoming events
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, Bergen
CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
28 September-2 October onboard of MS Trollfjord, Hurtigruten.
International Atmospheric Rivers Conference Sponsored Symposium
5-9 October 2020 , virtually
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
EC ESA EO for Polar Science Workshop
28- 30 October, Online
AGU Fall meeting
7-11 December, 2020, Online everywhere
Bjerknes Getaway
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
Funding opportunities Deadline: 26 August
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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