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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:

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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?

ERC CONSOLIDATOR GRANT
Cristian Guillermo Gebhardt, Bergen Offshore Wind Centre

Will develop groundbreaking offshore wind technology with ERC grant

With a prestigious grant from the ERC, Cristian Guillermo Gebhardt plans to solve key issues within offshore wind with smart algorithms and raw computer power.

ERC Consolidator Grant
Kjetil Våge på RV «Knorr»

Will explore the resilience of ocean currents

Kjetil Våge and ROVER investigate the consequences of a changing climate along the sea-ice edge off the east coast of Greenland. The European Research Council supports his efforts with a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Bilde av professor Nour-Eddine Omrani ute i snøen

Multidecadal oscillations not to be confused with reduced warming

The circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean can dampen temperature increase and ice melt in certain decades. Researcher warns against interpreting reduced temperature increase as a sign of a slow-down in climate change.

New Research
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The Atlantic Niño weakens under global warming

For the first time, the impact of global warming on the Atlantic Niño has been addressed. The result, published in Nature Climate Change, shows a strong weakening of the sea surface temperature variability. This implies less variations in sea surface temperatures in the future and will affect...
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Isvarsling

Predicting Arctic sea ice

When a fishing vessel sets course for Bear Island, the captain knows only which areas are ice-covered now, not where the ice will be tomorrow. In a few years, sea ice predictions will make routing easier and safer.

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.