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Geophysical Institute

Storms, ocean currents, raindrops, avalanches, heat waves and CO2 exchange, it all boils down to physics. At Geophysical Institute we explore the driving forces of nature.

We do research and education in meteorology, oceanography and climate, within four resarch groups:

We also host the Energy Lab and do research and development on renewable energy (solar, wind and water).

Make your studies here

Are extreme weather events a result of climate change? Can all ice on the earth melt, and what will happen in that case? How will global climate change impact the climate in Norway? Where does the Gulf Stream come from and how do ocean circulations work? How can we tell what the weather is going to be like by just looking at the clouds? Why is it warmer in Norway compared to other places at similar latitudes?
We will teach you how to find the answers.

Here you find our study programme. For more information, contact the student advisors.
Want to know more about the student life at our Institute and the GFI social activities?
By the way, do you know that the job opportunities are very good for our students?

New research

Deciphering ancestry in the cyclones' hencoop

On TV weather maps we see low pressure centers as circles resembling tree-rings, with long tails of red warm fronts and blue cold fronts. But what came first – the low or the fronts?

Marine research

Bergen in front as part of Norway's international leadership role in ocean management

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has established an international high-level panel for a sustainable ocean economy. The University of Bergen looks forward to being part of this marine effort and contribute with scientific advice.

Award on polar sciences

Award to Elin Darelius on polar sciences

On Fridtjof Nansen's birthday, Elin Darelius was awarded by the Fram committee for her polar science, shared with Jan Inge Faleide at UiO.

New research

The ocean predicts future Arctic climate

The ocean predicts future northwestern European and Arctic climate, finds a new study in Nature Communications.

OCEAN CONFERENCE 2017

Between research and diplomacy

Professor Peter M. Haugan has long participated in high level work in the United Nations, building partnerships between science and diplomacy.

We contribute to

Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and we host the Research school on changing climates in the coupled earth system (CHESS).

Our forefathers

Vilhelm Bjerknes, Harald Sverdrup and Bjørn Helland Hansen. Polar expeditions and the theoretical foundation of modern weather forecasting. A wind of history blows through the corridors of our institute.