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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?

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24 days of kitchen oceanography

Explore ocean physics with tools and ingredients that can be found in every kitchen. 24 daily experiments, starting on December 1.

Cruise to Antarctica
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Elin Darelius & team's scientific adventures

Follow Elin Darelius' blog, where our PhD students Vår Dundas and Julius Lauber (NPI) are currently reporting from a cruise to Antarctica.
New research
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The ocean heat transport into the northern seas has increased

Ocean currents have transported more heat into the region called the Arctic Mediterranean after 2001 than in the previous decade, new research shows. As well as warmer water, observations suggest a strengthening of the Gulf Stream’s extension into the Nordic Seas.
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Cyclone characteristics and cyclone intensification in the Gulf Stream and Kuroshio regions

Cyclones in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean move over regions of strong temperature contrasts associated with the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio. Their development is influenced by their route across the sea. Leonardo Tsopouridas writes about two new studies where he compares cyclones in the two ocean...
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A new current on the map

You have very likely heard about the Gulf Stream. The Iceland-Faroe Slope Jet, you have never heard of. This current is the newest one on the map.

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.