Partnership for climate research
The exchange of researchers and developing regional climate expertise and capacity in developing countries is part of the now formalized collaboration between the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
On 5 September 2012, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) and the Colorado based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) signed an agreement for a partnership including exchange of researchers and education.
– NCAR is perhaps the foremost specialist in climate modelling and climate dynamics. Their model systems are used worldwide. Included in the Norwegian Earth System model used for the next IPCC report are essential components developed at NCAR. We also use their system for downscaling of climate simulations at regional and local scale, Director of the Bjerknes Centre Eystein Jansen says.
The Bjerknes Centre already has a joint venture with NCAR on a major project in India. Jansen sees it as a milestone that the cooperation that has evolved with NCAR in the last couple of years is now formalised.
– We are very pleased that NCAR wants to have the Bjerknes Centre as a partner and look forward to a close collaboration. In particular, this means opportunities for professional development that our younger researchers can obtain by exchange with the environment at NCAR, Jansen says.
– NCAR is excited about the potential of our developing relationship with the Bjerknes Centre. The MOU will help further develop our existing collaborations on high-latitude weather and climate and support our joint expansion into regional climate research and prediction, Greg Holland of the NCAR's Earth System Laboratory says.
Michel Mesquita, from Uni Research and the Bjerknes Centre, is the main force of the cooperation on the BCCR side. He has been in close contact with the NCAR community in recent years.
Climate researchers worldwide use the WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) model, which is developed at NCAR. NCAR and the Bjerknes Centre have together held WRF seminars in Bergen. The latest seminar was organised in September 2011 and was called NorWRF.
Climate seminars in Asia
This workshop brought together more than a hundred researchers from the whole world to Bergen. It provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge in regional climate modelling. The Bjerknes Centre and NCAR have also held a WRF Tutorial in Bangkok. Together, they will arrange two regional climate tutorials in Asia this autumn: one in Hanoi in Vietnam and one in New Delhi in India.
– It is important that our collaboration work has been formalised through the MoU. This document will strengthen our proposal applications and it will make it easier for researchers to visit one another and to exchange scientific knowledge. For our research group, it is a huge achievement to sign a collaboration agreement with NCAR – this is something we feel very proud of, Michel Mesquita says.