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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 is our study programme, and you we get more information from our student advisors.
Here you find more about the student life at our Institute, and, by the way do know that the job opportunities are very good for our students?

young scientists

Warm water governs winter ice

North Pole explorers send summer photos of melt water pools and cracks that become harder and harder to cross. If they had winter expeditions, they would see that ice covers as much of the Arctic Ocean as in the past. Only the Barents Sea and the region just north of Svalbard have lost winter ice.

Researchers to watch

Improving climate prediction

What will the earth’s climate be like in the future? Noel Keenlyside works hard to let us know.

young scientists

The entire ocean in three boxes

Sometimes things are so complicated that you're forced to think simple. Erwin Lambert is an expert at that. With a few, plain boxes he tries to calculate how a rainy future will influence Atlantic currents.

RESEARCH | CLIMATE

Warm ocean current reaches surprisingly far south in the Antarctic Weddell Sea

New observations recently published in Nature Communications show that warm deep water also reaches the large Filchner ice shelf in the southern Weddell Sea.

EDUCATION

Expanding Japanese-Norwegian climate research

The NORPAN project gives Norwegian researchers and students the opportunity to visit Japanese and Norwegian institutions.

We contribute to

Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and we host Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics

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.

What happens after the studies?

The weather influences energy resources and the cost of electricity. In BKK I take part in improving decision making tools for power production. Our aim is to optimize the use of resources, with regard to both economy and the benefit to society.
Fredrik Villanger
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