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Geophysical Institute

GFI og Rhododendron

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?

News
Flytande havvind

Make Norway a zero-emission country

Climate researcher Tore Furevik suggests that Norway should think big. Offshore wind can turn the country into a zero-emission society, as well as creating a major boost for the economy.

SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ECONOMY
Professor Peter M. Haugan at the SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018, chairing a special event on SDG14.

Leading SDG role for ocean scientist

Earlier this autumn Peter M. Haugan was appointed member of the expert group for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. He is now preparing to attend the first meeting - in his hometown Bergen.

YOUNG SCIENTISTS
Filippa Fransner

Models nutrients in the ocean

Algae do not live long, and the nutrient content of the water can change quickly. If you want to predict the primary production in the Barents Sea one or ten years ahead, it is more important to know the current conditions of temperature ocean currents, than the nutrient content in the ocean here...

SDG 14
A student from the University of Bergen holds a starfish found in the waters close to Bergen, Norway.

UiB becomes official UN ocean science Hub

The University of Bergen has taken on a leadership role on SDG 14, Life below water, for United Nations Academic Impact, and will act to inspire and motivate partners worldwide to create greater knowledge towards a sustainable ocean.

News
SNOWISO

Getting ready for Antarctica

“I’m looking forward to going back into the field”, says PhD student Sonja Wahl, who recently returned from her first fieldwork on Greenland.

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.