Friday 12 June 2020, No 12, Week 24
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Director's note

Time for celebration!

Yesterday evening we got the fantastic good news that the Centre for research-based innovation project Climate Futures will be funded. The project has a total budget of more than 200 MNOK, where close to 50% comes from the Research Council. The project not only means a boost in our research on predictability in the climate system, but more importantly, it is the beginning of a new era when it comes to partnerships and collaboration with the business sector. I will wholeheartedly congratulate Erik Kolstad and Øyvind Paasche who tirelessly have knocked on numerous doors to build thrust and relationships with the many companies involved, and all the others who have contributed to this important milestone for the Bjerknes Centre.
The mathematical problem of predicting weather and climate was also the main motivation for some of those that we stand on the shoulders of.  The founder of modern meteorology, Vilhelm Bjerknes, built on theories and experiments that he developed together with his father Carl Anton Bjerknes, in the late 1870s. And his son Jacob Bjerknes, one of the founders of modern climate research, built on what he had done together with his father. The three generations of Bjerknes-scientists received a number of medals and other honours, and much of this will now be displayed in the “Visningsrom” of the Bjerknes Centre.  The gold has come home!
The weather forecast promises us ten more days (!) with sunshine and summer temperatures, so enjoy your weekend, celebrate life, and welcome back on Monday!

Climate Futures gets prestigious status as a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI)

Celebrating the good news! From left: Øyvind Paasche, Linda Nøstbakken (NHH), Tore Furevik, Margareth Hagen (Prorector UiB), Erik Kolstad and Trond Dokken. Photo: Andreas H. Opsvik.

Climate Futures is a new and ambitious action to generate long-term cooperation between companies, public organizations and research groups across sectors and disciplines to tackle one of the most urgent challenges of our time.
The changing nature of weather and climate poses a severe threat to the prosperity and well-being of our economy and society as a whole, but climate risk is inadequately managed due to knowledge gaps and deficiencies in the decision-making processes of businesses and public authorities.
– These are fantastic news. We knew that the theme of Climate Futures was relevant, and we are pleased that the Research Council also sees that climate risk is an area that requires great effort on the research front. We at NORCE and the Bjerknes Centre have a brilliant group of research partners, business world stakeholders and public sector partners. We are now looking forward to helping these deal with the great risk associated with weather and climate, whether for direct phenomena such as floods and droughts, or more transferred risk related to investments in other parts of the world, says centre manager and climate scientist Erik Kolstad in NORCE and the Bjerknes Centre.
Climate Futures is led by NORCE, and is comprised of seven other research partners and close to 30 stakeholder partners, representing agriculture, renewable energy, disaster mitigation, shipping, insurance, finance, risk management, and the public sector.
They will work together to create new solutions to predict and manage climate risk from 10 days to 10 years into the future.

Andreas Hadsel Opsvik
UiB and BCCR receive funding for online climate course
Kerim Nisancioglu and colleagues received funding from DIKU for developing a new online course on sustainable development and Climate Action. The course is interdisciplinary and targets the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a particular focus on climate change. The course will be offered in both English and Norwegian for students on campus, as well as for public officials, teachers, journalists and company employees interested in Climate and the UN SDGs. The course is a collaboration between UiB and UiO (University of Oslo) and builds on the iEarth partnership

Gudrun Sylte
New Bjerknes T-shirts!
If you or your Bjerknes team is planning to participate in a race, a sports match or similar, we now have new T-shirts with the Bjerknes logo on the front and back. They may also be used if you want to promote the centre in other ways - at a research stand etc.Contact the Ellen Grong at the Bjerknes secretariat to get one.

Thank you, PhD student Peter Siew for being our model this time!

Ellen Grong
Vacant positions
PhD position in terrestrial ecosystem responses to climate change and effects for soil carbon accumulation
Department of Biological Sciences, UiB
Deadline: 14 June 2020
Researcher position in Climate Dynamics
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 24 June 2020
Upcoming CHESS actiivities
Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop,
June 15, 2020 – June 19, 2020
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen 
CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
28 September-2 October onboard of MS Trollfjord, Hurtigruten.
Beamish A., Raynolds M.K., Epstein H., Frost G.V. Macander M.J., Bergstedt H., Bartsch A., Kruse S., Miles V., Tanis C.M., Heim B., Fuchs M., Chabrillat S., Shevtsova I., Verdonen M., Wagner J. M.: 2020, Recent trends and remaining challenges for optical remote sensing of Arctic tundra vegetation: A review and outlook, Remote Sens. Environ.,

Siew, P. Y. F., Li, C., Sobolowski, S. P., and King, M. P.(2020): Intermittency of Arctic–mid-latitude teleconnections: stratospheric pathway between autumn sea ice and the winter North Atlantic Oscillation, Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 261–275,

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Bjerknes in the news
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Foruroligende sammenblanding av observasjon og hypotetiske fremskrivninger.            
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Ekstremt lite snø i fjor, rekordmye i år. Men under snøen krymper breen.                    
Bergens Tidende 08.06.2020, Jostein Bakke
Full fart mot isflak med sprekker                            
Forskersonen 08.06.2020, Morven Muilwijk
Flere skrugarder nå enn under Nansens ferd                    
Forskersonen   08.06.2020,  Morven Muilwijk
Klimaforskere: - Fra nå vil norske utslipp bare synke                     
NRK 08.06.2020, Helge Drange, Kerim Nisancioglu
Upcoming events
PhD defense: Augustin Kessler:"Atlantic thermohaline changes and its implications on the carbon cycle during the Last Interglacial"
16 June 2020 via zoom
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
50th Arctic Workshop
30 August-1 September 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
late September/early October (TBD) 2020, Pisa, Italy
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
EC ESA EO for Polar Science Workshop
28- 30 October, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjerknes Getaway
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium

Looking for Bjerknes Centre events? Check the calendar on our webpage
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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