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.

Øyvind Paasche

Øyvind Paasche has a PhD in Earth Science from the University of Bergen (2004). He has been a guest researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH), and also at the Institute of Studying Planet Earth, University of Arizona. He is currently a Project Leader and a Senior Advisor for the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.

Paasche is experienced in national and international research politics, building networks and instigating new projects, administration and collaborations across different scientific disciplines. He is also an established scientist with over 15 years of national and international experience in geophysical and geological research within thematic areas such as climate change, environmental magnetism, glacier reconstructions, paleohydrology, floods, permafrost, geomorphology and weathering.

From 2011 to 2016 he lead the Bergen Marine Research Cluster, which is one of the largest marine science cluster in Europe. Paasche has had several positions with University of the Arctic including being Chair of Research (2011-2015). During 2012-2014, he was Chairman of the Board in Storby Marin, which he is still a member of. He is also currently a member of the Marine Resource group in Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Paasche has both been the Project Manager and Partner in several international research projects. He currently leads Ocean Outlook (2015-2018), AquaMare (2016-2018), Amalie Skram Monitoring Initative (2016-2017), and is also part of the organizing team promoting the international initiative called Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS). He has worked on several large EU-proposals and was a contributing author to the forth IPPC assessment (The Physical Science Basis) in 2007 as well as a secretary for chapter 6. Finally, Paasche has been a lecturer with the Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses (ACDC, 2010, 2012-2017), a renowned annually summer school organised by UIB, MIT, UW and WHOI.





  1. The New Arctic (2015). Eds. B. Evengård, J. Nymand Larsen and Ø. Paasche. Springer, Zürich, pp. 339.
  2. What is Climate? (2009). Erik Kolstad and Øyvind Paasche. University Press, Oslo, 153 pp. (in Norwegian)


Peer-reviewed papers:


  1. Van der Bilt, W.G.M., Bakke, J., Werner, J.P., Paasche, Ø., Rosqvist, G. & Solheim Vatle, S. (2017-Accepted). Late Holocene glacier reconstruction reveals retreat behind present limits and two-stage Little Ice Age on subantarctic South Georgia.  Journal of Quaternary Science.
  2. Støren, E.W.N., Paasche, Ø., Hirt, A., Korte, M. (2016). Magnetic and geochemical signatures of flood layers in a lake system. G3, doi: 10.1002/2016GC006540.
  3. Vasskog, K., Kvisvik, B. and Paasche, Ø. (2016). Effects of hydrogen peroxide treatment on measurements of lake sediment grain-size distribution. Journal of Paleolimnology, doi: 10.1007/s10933-016-9924-0.
  4. Kvisvik, B., Paasche, Ø., and Dahl, S.O. (2015): Holocene cirque glacier activity in Rondane, Southern Norway. Geomorphology, 246, 433-444.
  5. Paasche, Ø., Bakke, J. (2015): The fleeting glaciers of the Arctic. In: The New Arctic [Eds. B. Evengård, J. Nymand Larsen and Ø. Paasche], Springer, Zürich.
  6. Evengård, B., Nymand Larsen, J. and Paasche, Ø. (2015): Paths to the new Arctic. In: The New Arctic [Eds. B. Evengård, J. Nymand Larsen and Ø. Paasche], Springer, Zürich.
  7. Paasche, Ø., Österblom, H., Neuenfeldt, S., Bonsdorff, E., Brander, K.M., Conley, D., Durant, Joel M., Eikeset, A.M., Goksøyr, A., Jónsson, S., Kjesbu, O.S., Kuparinen, A., Stenseth, N.C: (2015): Connecting the Seas of Norden. Nature Climate Change. 5: 89-92. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2471
  8. Paasche, Ø., Støren, E.W. (2014): Climate and floods: how to close the gap? EOS, V.95, 253-255.
  9. Støren, E. W., Paasche, Ø. (2014): Scandinavian Floods: From past observations to future trends. Global and Planetary Change 113, 34-43.
  10. Vasskog, K., Paasche, Ø., Nesje, A., Boyle, J.F., Birks, H.J.B. (2012): A new approach for reconstructing glacier variability based on lake sediments recording input from more than one glacier. Quaternary Research 77, 192-204.
  11. Strømsøe, J.R., Paasche, Ø. (2011): Weathering Patterns in High-Latitude Regolith. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Science 116, doi: 10.1029/2010JF001954.
  12. Støren, E.N., Kolstad, E., Paasche, Ø. (2012): Linking past flood frequencies in Norway to regional atmospheric circulation anomalies. Journal of Quaternary Science 27, 71-80.  
  13. Dahlø Janbu, A., Paasche, Ø., Talbot, M. (2011): Paleoclimatic changes inferred from stable isotopes and magnetic properties of organic rich lacustrine sediments in Arctic Norway. Journal of Paleolimnology 46, 29-44.
  14. Paasche, Ø., (2011): Cirque glaciers, In: Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. V.P. Singh, P. Singh, U.K. Haritashya (eds.). Springer.
  15. Bakke, J., Paasche, Ø., (2011): Sediment core and glacial environment reconstruction, In: Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. V.P. Singh, P. Singh, U.K. Haritashya (eds.). Springer.
  16. Paasche, Ø., Løvlie, R. (2011): Synchronized Post-Glacial Colonization of Magnetotactic Bacteria. Geology 39, 75-78.
  17. Støren, E.N., Dahl, S.O., Nesje, A., Paasche, Ø. (2010): Identifying the sedimentary imprint of high-frequency Holocene river floods in lake sediments: Development and application of a new method. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 3021-3033.
  18. Yde, J.C., Paasche, Ø. (2010): Reconstructing climate changes: Not all glaciers suitable. EOS 91, 189-190.
  19. Paasche, Ø., Larsen, J. (2010): Changes in lake stratification and oxygen distribution inferred from two contrasting records of Magnetotactic Bacteria and Diatoms. JGR – Biogeosciences 115, doi:10.1029/2009JG001081.
  20. Bakke, J., Dahl, S.O., Paasche, Ø., Riis-Simonsen, J., Kvisvik, B., Bakke, K., Nesje, A. (2010): Improving Holocene glacier reconstructions by combining analyses of lake sediments with independently dated moraines. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 1246-1262.
  21. Paasche, Ø., Dahl, S.O., Bakke, J., Løvlie, R. (2007): Cirque glacier activity in arctic Norway during the last deglaciation. Quaternary Research 68, 387-399.
  22. Jansen, E. et al. [including Paasche, Ø.], (2007): Paleoclimate: In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group 1 to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.
  23. Paasche, Ø., Dahl, S.O., Løvlie, R., Bakke, J., Nesje, A. (2007): Rockglacier activity during the last glacial-interglacial transition and Holocene spring snowmelting. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 793-807.
  24. Paasche, Ø., Strømsøe, J.R., Dahl, S.O., Linge, H. (2006): Weathering Characteristics of Arctic Islands in Northern Norway. Geomorphology 82, 430-452.
  25. Lie, Ø. and Paasche, Ø., (2006): How extreme was the Northern Hemisphere seasonality during the Younger Dryas? Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 404-407.
  26. Larsen J., Paasche, Ø., Andersen D.O., Bjune A.E., and de la Riva Caballero A., (2006): Sedimentary diatom assemblages in a small alpine west Norwegian lake: Evidence for metal release and precipitation? Eighteenth International Diatom Symposium (A. Witkowski, ed.), pp.221-234.
  27. Bakke, J., Dahl, S.O., Paasche, Ø., Løvlie, R., Nesje, A., (2005): Glacier fluctuations, equilibrium-line altitudes and paleoclimate in Lyngen, northern Norway, during the Lateglacial and Holocene. The Holocene 15, 518-540.
  28. Bakke, J., Lie, Ø., Nesje, A., Dahl, S. O. and Paasche, Ø., (2005): Utilizing physical sediment variability in glacier-fed lakes for continuous glacier reconstructions during the Holocene, Folgefonna, Western Norway. The Holocene, 15, 161-176.
  29. Paasche, Ø., Løvlie, R., Dahl, S.O., Bakke, J., Nesje, A., (2004): Bacterial magnetite in lake sediments: late glacial to Holocene climate and sedimentary changes in northern Norway. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 223, 319-333.


Selected popular science contributions since 2014:


  1. Paasche, Øyvind., Olsen, Are. Sur lekse. Dagens Næringsliv. 2016-25-06.
  2. Paasche, Øyvind., Österblom, Henrik. Nøkkelbedrifter og neste revolusjon. Dagens Næringsliv. 2016-09-01.
  3. Paasche, Øyvind, Muilwijk, Morven., Drange, Helge., Lyngedal, B. Bøyen som skaper racere i realfag. BT. 2016-13-01.
  4. Hoel, Tanja, Paasche, Ø. Uten havet finnes ingen løsning. BT. 2015-10-15.
  5. Paasche, Øyvind. Vi klynger oss sammen. BT. 2015-08-15.
  6. Paasche, Øyvind., Stenseth, Nils Chr., Conley, D. Tilfellet Østersjøen. 2015-04-15. Dagens Næringsliv.
  7. Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Paasche, Øyvind. Het klode – gammelt nytt. Dagens næringsliv 2015 s. 27-27
  8. Paasche, Øyvind. Det kollektive universitet. Klassekampen. 2015-01-06.
  9. Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Paasche, Øyvind. Det svake punkt. Dagens næringsliv 2014.
  10. Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes; Paasche, Øyvind. Om ris og is. Dagens næringsliv 2014.
  11. Paasche, Øyvind. Universitetets egen fakkelbærer. Klassekampen 2014.
  12. Paasche, Øyvind; Nisancioglu, Kerim Hestnes. Verdens (hittil) raskeste klimaendringer. Aftenposten Innsikt 2014 ;Volum 8. s. 88-89.
  13. Paasche, Øyvind; Stenseth, Nils Christian. Et grenseløst hav. Bergens Tidende 2014-12-30.
  14. Paasche, Øyvind; Stenseth, Nils Christian. Havet er ett eneste stort, sammenhengende system. 2014-12-31.
  15. Paasche, Øyvind; Støren, Eivind Wilhelm Nagel. Langtidsvarsel: Mer flom. Dagens næringsliv 2014.



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