Scientific Symposium for the Geophysical Institute
The Geophysical Institute is a hundred years in 2017. In October, the centenary was celebrated with a scientific symposium on climate, energy and geophysics.
On the second and third of October, the Geophysical Institute organized a scientific symposium as a part of the celebration of its own centenary anniversary in 2017. During two inspiring days, both students and employees at GFI, in addition to international experts, held interesting presentations about the different fields of expertise that people at the institute are working with every day.
The head of the institute, Nils Gunnar Kvamstø, opened the first day of the symposium by telling a bit about GFI’s history and the institute’s role today. He thanked the program committee consisting of Peter Haugan, Christoph Heinze and Linda Vagtskjold for their contributions to compile an exciting program, as well as the Rector of UiB, Dag Rune Olsen, for institutional and financial support.
The rest of the day included presentations focusing on the four research groups at GFI: meteorology, oceanography, biochemistry and climate dynamics. The attendants received inspiring keynote talks from international experts, an insight into what the four research groups at GFI do as well as selected research highlights from employees at the institute.
Day two marked the start of the new strategic area for the University of Bergen within climate and energy transformation. The dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Helge K. Dahle, pointed out the central role of geophysics both in figuring out how to extract oil, how it is not good for the climate, and how to solve the problem.
Throughout the day, the role of climate change and energy transition in the society was discussed. We heard about how the climate system works, as well as the human dimension of climate change. Recent research activities within renewable energy at GFI were presented, in addition to a relatively optimistic vision of the future energy system from DNV GL.
The symposium ended with a panel debate on climate change and energy transition, led by Anne Jortveit. The panel members were Dag Rune Olsen (UiB), Gunnar Eskeland (NHH), Jannicke Hilland (BKK), Bjørn Haugland (DNV GL), Ragnhild Freng Dale (PhD-student at the University of Cambridge) and Sølve Sondbø (Head of Climate and Natural Resources Manager at the Hordaland County Council ).
The event was streamed live. Links to recordings of the many interesting presentations can be found in the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. Here you can also find PDF-versions of the poster presentations on day one.
Links to streaming and poster presentations
2. October - Meteorology, Oceanography, Biochemistry and Climate Dynamics
Welcome to day 1
- Greetings by GFI Head of Department Nils Gunnar Kvamstø
- Greetings by Rector Dag Rune Olsen
- Greetings by student representatives Kjersti Konstali and Kristin Svingen
- Introductory talk: What is Geophysics and what is it good for? - Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen
- GFI from its origins to its shape today - Magnus Vollset
- Key note: Present state of meteorology in a historical perspective - Heini Wernli
- Overview of what team contributes from GFI Meteorology group - Harald Sodemann
- Highlight: Development in field measurements, research and education - Line Båserud and colleagues
- Key note: Warm winters, thin ice? - Julienne Stroeve
- Overview of what team contributes from GFI Physical Oceanography group - Lars H Smedsrud
- Highlight: Role of ocean heat in the 'new Arctic': Observations from the Yermak Plateau - Algot Peterson
- Key note: The global carbon cycle - natural versus human induced fluxes - Nicolas Gruber
- Overview of what team contributes from GFI Biogeochemistry group - Are Olsen
- Highlight: Carbon uptake in the subpolar North Atlantic - long term trends and drivers - Friederike Fröb
3. October - Climate and Energy Transformation
Welcome to day 2
- Welcome and introduction to UiB Climate and Energy Transformation - Dean Helge Dahle and GFI Head of Department Nils Gunnar Kvamstø
- Climate research at UiB and its role in society - Camille Li
- Climate and energy transformation from a social science perspective - Håvard Haarstad
- Renewable energy and energy transformation - Finn Gunnar Nielsen
Understanding climate and the human dimension
- Key note popular lecture on climate system science - Christoph Heinze
- Key note popular lecture on the human dimension of climate change - Kjersti Fløttum
- Key note lecture: How to achieve a sustainable future? - Bjørn K Haugland, DNVGL
Paneldebatt om klimautfordringen og energiomstillingen (På norsk)
- Oppsummering av konferansen og spørsmål til panelet - Peter M Haugan
- Styrt paneldiskusjon (debattleder Anne Jortveit) med spørsmål/kommentarer fra salen. Panel: Dag Rune Olsen (UiB), Gunnar Eskeland (NHH), Jannicke Hilland (BKK), Bjørn Haugland (DNVGL), Ragnhild Freng Dale (Stipendiat v/ University of Cambridge), Sølve Sondbø (Klima og naturressurssjef v/ Hordaland Fylkeskommune) på norsk
- Avslutning ved instituttleder GFI Nils Gunnar Kvamstø og rektor Dag Rune Olsen
- Anne Morée: South Ocean controls of marine Dd13C - a modelling study
- Kjersti Opstad Strand: Geophysics and Northeast Arctic cod
- Håvard Vindenes: Analysis of tidal currents in the North Sea from shipmounted ADCP data
- Astrid Fremme: Moisture Sources, Moisture Transport and Recycling in the East Asian Monsoon
- Kjersti Birkeland Daae: Antarctic Ice Shelves and Warm Ocean Currents
- Leonidas Tsopouridis: Influence of the Gulf Stream Sea Surface Temperature Front on the Evolution of Storms
- Yongbiao Weng: Stable Isotope Signature of a Land-Falling Atmospheric River in Western Norway
- Lander Rodriguez Crespo: Role of Air-Sea-Land Interactions in Tropical Atlantic Seasonal Cycle
- Morven Muilwijk: Atlantic Water variability in the 20th century Arctic Ocean from observations and a global ocean model
- Johannes Dugstad: Observing mass exhange in the Lofoten Basin using surface drifters
- Ailin Brakstad: Water mass transformation in the Greenland Sea during the period 1986-2016
- Patrik Bohlinger: Extreme Precipitation in Nepal - Key Processes
- Takamasa Tsubouchi: The Arctic Ocean volume and heat transports in 2004-2010
- Lusha Yu: The Lofoten Basin Eddy: three years of evolution as observed with Seagliders