Friday 16 October 2020, No 18, Week 42
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Director's note

Sea level research

We have become used to alarming news from Greenland and Antarctica. Rapid warming accelerates ice loss, and media assisted by eager scientists and press releases report on “tipping points”, “doomed glaciers” and “ice apocalypse”. According to the most recent estimates, the net supply of melt water is 25 000 tons, or 10 Olympic size swimming pools, every second. Greenland fills up four pools, Antarctica two, and the rest is from all other glaciers. Combined with less water stored on land, and expansion of the oceans due to warming, global sea level increase is close to 0,01 mm per day. 
Sea level research is a prioritised activity at the Bjerknes Centre, and I am therefore extremely happy to see our community strengthened with three internationally known scientists, Kristin Richter and Heiko Goelzer at NORCE and Antonio Bonaduce at the Nansen Centre. Monday this week Antonio was in charge of a sea level workshop here at the Bjerknes Centre. The meeting showed the breadth of the research conducted here in Bergen, and hopefully it will lead to new projects and more visibility on the national and international scenes.
Several interesting reports have been released this week: The 2020 State of Climate Services from WMO and the Human cost of disasters from UNDRR show a substantial increase in frequency and impacts of extreme events including heat waves, droughts, floods, storms and wildfires. The new World Energy Outlook from IEA estimates a 7% decrease in CO2 emissions this year, and only energy from renewables shows an increase. Solar has become the “cheapest electricity in history” and prizes are also plummeting for onshore and offshore winds. IEA expects a growth in non-hydro renewables that is 20% higher than their estimates only two years ago, and for the first time they have a scenario for net-zero emissions in 2050 aligned with the Paris agreement.   
A few hours ago, an expert group led by Peter Haugan launched a report that suggests prioritized areas for Norway under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The report with its 10 prioritized areas will be an important background document for future calls from the Research Council of Norway. We congratulate Peter with this important work and look forward to seeing the suggestions being implemented.
A period with fantastic autumn weather is approaching the end. Enjoy the last bit of it and the weekend!
As we know, most scientists have multiple talents. Martin King is no exception – he is very good at drawing. After the refurbishing of our new home in the West Wing of the Geophysical building, he drew a picture of it which he has kindly given as a gift to BCCR. Here it is being handed over to Tore Furevik. The framed drawing will soon be mounted on the wall in our nice Bjerknes meeting room where everyone can see it. Thank you, Martin, for your artwork! Photo: Gudrun Sylte.
New faces

We are happy to introduce our readers to some new people at the Bjerknes Centre, see photo below. From top left; Lise Bagne Apelthun, Violeth Swai, Johanne Skrefsrud and Julien Paul.

Lise and Julien have both started to work as data managers at the Bjerknes Climate Data Centre. Lise holds a permanent position and Julien is filling a temporary vacancy due to a parental leave. Two new Ph.D students have started: Violeth will be working with Jostein Bakke at GEO on paleoclimatology in the SOUTHSPHERE project.and Johanne is employed at GFI in the field of physical oceanography and climate dynamics connected to The Nansen Legacy. Her supervisors are Tor Eldevik and Marius Årthun.

We have several other new members, and we will share their names in the next issues of the Bjerknes Times.

Welcome, newcomers!


The BCCR is the new host of the International Project Office (IPO) of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of WCRP

The Climate and Cryosohere (CliC) project   serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interactions with the broader climate system. A number of Bjerknes scientists are well acquainted with CliC as they are or have participated in their activities, e.g. Lars Henrik Smedsrud is member of the Scientific Steering Committee, Stefan Sobolowski is involved in Polar CORDEX while Heiko Goelzer is member of the steering committee of  ISMIP6.
The CliC IPO is now hosted by BCCR until December 2022.  Beatriz Balino is the head of Office and has the support of BCCR experts in finances and communications. The CliC IPO will cooperate with the CORA office, also hosted by BCCR, to facilitate synergies among the polar and climate research communities in Norway and the international community. The office is co-sponsored by the Research Council of Norway.
The purpose of hosting the CliC IPO at BCCR is to serve as the primary point of contact for those wishing to participate in, contribute to, and/or learn more about CliC, as well as to create synergies between CliC and BCCR. If you are interested, please contact You can also follow CliC på twitter (@CliC_WCRP) and Facebook Climate and Cryosphere.

In preparation for the online WMO Data Conference: Exchange of Earth System Data in the 21st Century, 16-19 November, an online workshop on "Research data and WMO Data Policy" will be held online 21 October 2020, 2-4 pm CET. The purpose of this workshop is to have an initial discussion on data policies that are being used in different scientific/ research communities and to examine their differing perspectives on the WMO Data Policy.
Visit the conference´s website. Conference flyer
For registration & abstract submission please contact:

Beatriz Balino
Vacant positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within marine biogeochemistry
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 18 October 2020
New publications  
Belonenko T. et al. including Raj, R.P (2020), Evaluation of Heat and Salt Transports by Mesoscale Eddies in the Lofoten Basin, Russ. J. Earth Sci., 20, doi:10.2205/2020ES000720.

Birks,  H.J.B. (2020): Reflections on the Use of Ecological Attributes and Traits in Quaternary Botany. Front. Ecol. Evol. 8:166. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00166

Hallerstig, M, Magnusson, L, Kolstad, E.W., Mayer, S. (2020):. How grid‐spacing and convection representation affected the wind speed forecasts of four polar lows. QJR Meteorol Soc. 2020; 1– 16.

Dietze, H., Löptien, U., Hordoir, R., Heinemann, M., Huiskamp, W., Schneider, B. (2020): Silicon Isotopes in an EMIC's Ocean: Sensitivity to Runoff, Iron Supply, and Climate, Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, ISSN: 2572-4517 , 2572-4525; DOI: 10.1029/2020PA003960

Rückamp, M., Goelzer, H., and Humbert, A.(2020): Sensitivity of Greenland ice sheet projections to spatial resolution in higher-order simulations: the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) contribution to ISMIP6 Greenland using the Ice-sheet and Sea-level System Model (ISSM), The Cryosphere, 14, 3309–3327,

Raj, R.P., Andersen, O.B., Johannessen, J.A, Gutknecht, B.D., Chatterjee, S., Rose, S.K., Bonaduce, A., Horwath, M., Ranndal, H., Richter, K., Palanisamy, H., Ludwigsen, C.A., Bertino, L., Ø. Nilsen, J.E., Knudsen, P., Hogg, A., Cazenave, A., Benveniste, J.(2020): Arctic Sea Level Budget Assessment during the GRACE/Argo Time Period. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2837. Doi: 10.3390/rs12172837

Raj, R. P., Halo, I., Chatterjee, S., Belonenko, T., Bakhoday‐Paskyabi, M., Bashmachnikov, I., Fedorov, A., Xie, J (2020): Interaction Between Mesoscale Eddies and the Gyre Circulation in the Lofoten Basin, Journal of geophysical research, ISSN: 2169-9275 , 2169-9291; DOI: 10.1029/2020JC016102

Rutledal, S., Haflidason, H., Berben, S.M.P., Griem, L. and Jansen, E. (2020): A continuous tephrostratigraphic record from the Labrador Sea spanning the last 65 ka. J. Quaternary Sci, 35: 855-868. doi:10.1002/jqs.3241

Simon M.H, Muschitiello, F., Tisserand, A.A., Olsen A, Moros, M, Perner, K., Bårdsnes, S.T., Dokken,T., Jansen, E. (2020): A multi-decadal record of oceanographic changes of the past ~165 years (1850-2015 AD) from Northwest of Iceland. PLOS ONE. 2020;15(9):e0239373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239373

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Upcoming events
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
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 Research infrastructure
Deadline: 18 November 2020
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