The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, Uni Research, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.
Heat that the Gulf Stream and its extension into the Norwegian Sea emit into the atmosphere is an important reason for our mild climate in Norway. What happens if the Gulf Stream is weakened by global warming?
New observations recently published in Nature Communications show that warm deep water also reaches the large Filchner ice shelf in the southern Weddell Sea.
A new paper in Nature communications explains why some climate processes are more effective than others at warming/cooling the Earth. By accounting for these differences we can more accurately determine the most important drivers of climate change in sensitive regions like the Arctic.
Observations from the last fifty years have shown that the nights have been warming much faster than the days. Analysis of the causes of this more rapid warming at night shows that this is likely to continue in the coming decades.
Scenarios with freshwater leading to sluggish currents and less heat being transported to northern high latitudes have been seen as a potential cause for rapid climate changes. In two recent studies we show that while this scenario is plausible in the North Atlantic, the ocean response in the Arctic is quite the opposite.
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climate in norway 2100
The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DBS) recently published updated guidelines for sea level change in Norway.
By the end of this century some parts of Norway might get up to 6° warmer, if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.
In a new animation of moisture transport in the atmosphere, you can watch last year’s precipitation fall over land and sea. The animation was created using a weather forecasting model.
Professor Asgeir Sorteberg has made an animation of how the Earth’s temperature and downpour changes from 2000 – 2100 with numbers from IPCC’s fifth assessment report.
AWI researchers decipher the temperature indicator TEX86 and overcome a seeming weakness of global climate models. Read the long-awaited breakthrough in this press release.
New report on China and the green revolution: The Tibetan plateau is the Earth´s largest stor of ice after the two poles. Dramatic changes in the Third Pole have aroused general concern.
New research indicates that attempts to stop global warming through climate engineering will only cause “different” climate change compared to the current situation.
"Finding, extracting and reading stories of the ocean´s past". Three researchers in the ice2ice-project writes on their what sediment cores can tell us.
The year was 1988, it was dry in the Sahel, and the National Broadcasting Corporation sent Norwegian kids out into the forest to pick spruce cones.
A single polar low can hold as much energy as an earth quake at strength 9. They are a major risk for marin activity in the high north.
"It would be too optimistic to use the NEP as an alternative to the Suez Canal in the near future" researchers at the Bjerknes Centre concludes.
Are they 20. mill or 400 mill. year old? Controversy exists becasue it is inherently difficult to assess mountain heights back in time.
John Birks turned 70 in January. This week colleagues from Bergen and abroad are honouring him with an anniversary seminar "At the Frontiers of Paleoecology"