The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, NORCE, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

From the signing ceremony in Oslo 12. June. Vice president Jong Kuk Hong of COPRI and director Tore Furevik, Bjerknes Centre. Photo: Jeong Jihoon, KOPRI

Memorandum of Understanding signed between Bjerknes Centre and the Korea Polar Research Institute

Encouraging collaborative research between the two institutions.

Wednesday, the 12th of June, Bjerknes Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), where most of the nations long tradition in polar research is conducted through. 

"For us this is a very attractive research partner in the region. I do hope and believe that the agreement will benefit existing and future research collaboration with Korea" says Bjerknes Centre Director, Tore Furevik.

"I look forward to see this happening."

The MoU was signed together with other MoUs between Korean and Norwegian institutions in a ceremony at Grand Hotel in Oslo, in relation to Korean President Jae-in Moon's state visit to Norway this week.

From the signing ceremony in Oslo 12. June. Delegates are from Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea Martime Institute. Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Nansen Centre, Norwegian Polar Institute, Akvaplan Niva, Bjerknes Centre, and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to mention a few. Photo: Jeong Jihoon, KOPRI
From the signing ceremony in Oslo 12. June. Delegates are from Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea Martime Institute, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Nansen Centre, Norwegian Polar Institute, Akvaplan Niva, Bjerknes Centre, and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to mention a few. Photo: Jeong Jihoon, KOPRI

Aims to undertake collaborative research

The agreement aims to undertake collaborative research based on mutural interests in global climate change and scenarios, biogeochemical cycles, and polar climate. KOPRI and the Bjerknes Centre already have projects where KOPRI is a collaborator, among these are the TABACO project, on melting ice shelfs in the Antarctic.

The MoU between KOPRI and the Bjerknes Centre

 

KOPRI manages the operation of the Arctic Dasan Station in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard, two Antarctic stations, King Sejong and Jang Bongo, as well as the research icebreaker Araon.

Korea is Norway's second largest trade partner in Asia, and it's the largest research nation in the world when measured in percentage of GDP used on research and development – 4.55 %.

Through the years, this is the third MoU the Bjerknes Centre has with Korean institutions, IBS Center for Climate Physics, and OJeong Eco-Resilience Institute being the others.