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Geophysical Institute

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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 five resarch groups:

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?

Nansen Memorial Lecture
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Elin Darelius held The Nansen Memorial Lecture

The yearly lecture at the Norwegian Academy of Letters and Sciences.

Nyhet
Christoph Heinze (UiB og Bjerknessenteret) og Thorsten Blenckner (Stockholm Resilience Centre)  ønsket over 80 forskere velkommen til Bergen i dag, når COMFORT prosjektet setter I gang. Heinze (til venstre) og Blenckner leder et forskerteam som skal under

Our safe operating spaces for our common future ocean in the Earth system

What are our safe operating spaces for the ocean? This is the starting question for the new EU Horizon 2020 project COMFORT.

New research
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What is the dominant wind direction for air-sea heat exchange?

In the mid-latitudes the weather changes quickly. Changing winds influence the heat exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. A new study by Fumiaki Ogawa and Thomas Spengler shows how important it is to consider short-term phenomena like extratropical cyclones and cold air outbreaks when...

New research
Pacific influences the North Atlantic

The tropical Pacific influences the North Atlantic jet stream

The location of the jet stream influences European weather at all times. A new study links its position both to local weather systems and to the far-away Pacific Ocean. Lead author Erica Madonna explains.

New research
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Data interoperability a key for disaster risk reduction in Europe

In a number of European countries, there is a clear imbalance between long-term disaster risk reduction and short-term preparation, according to a new study. With increasing amounts of data, there is a potential for investments in long-term reduction measures, but data availability is not enough....

We contribute to

Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and we host the Bergen Offshore Wind Center and 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.