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Øyvind Breivik

Professor, Professor II
  • E-mailOyvind.Breivik@uib.no
  • Phone+47-91102707
  • Visitor Address
    Allegaten 70
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

Professor II in Physical oceanography / Head of Division for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology at The Norwegian Meteorological Institute

My scientific work is motivated by the potential for observing systems and forecast models to improve safety and reduce the environmental impact of human activities at sea.

The Division for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute is located in the main building together with the Geophysical Institute. We are responsible for the national wave forecasting (WaveWatch III and WAM) and dispersion modelling (using the OpenDrift code to simulate oil spills, search and rescue, pollution, drifting ships, etc) for Norwegian waters. We also build and maintain climate archives of the atmosphere, ocean waves and water level (the NORA3 archive).

We have at all times several MSc and PhD students working on topics relevant to the national weather service, with a special focus on ocean waves and wave climate, marine dispersion modelling and marine climate. Please get in touch if you want to know what sorts of topics we can offer.



HTEK101 (Introduction to ocean environment, the oceanography section)

GEOF343 (Wind-generated surface waves)

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Redistribution of Air–Sea Momentum and Turbulent Kinetic Energy Fluxes by Ocean Surface Gravity Waves. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 1483-1496.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Impact of a Reduced High-Wind Charnock Parameter on Wave Growth With Application to the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the Arctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Resolving regions known for intense wave–current interaction using spectral wave models: A case study in the energetic flow fields of Northern Norway. Ocean Modelling. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). OpenMetBuoy-v2021: An Easy-to-Build, Affordable, Customizable, Open-Source Instrument for Oceanographic Measurements of Drift and Waves in Sea Ice and the Open Ocean. Geosciences. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). On the Groupiness and Intermittency of Oceanic Whitecaps. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans.
  • Show author(s) (2022). NORA3. Part II: Precipitation and Temperature Statistics in Complex Terrain Modeled with a Nonhydrostatic Model. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 1549-1572.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Estimating a mean transport velocity in the marginal ice zone using ice-ocean prediction systems. The Cryosphere. 2103-2114.
  • Show author(s) (2022). A Nonparametric, Data-Driven Approach to Despiking Ocean Surface Wave Time Series. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 71-90.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The impact of surface currents on the wave climate in narrow fjords. Ocean Modelling. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Nora3: A nonhydrostatic high-resolution hindcast of the north sea, the Norwegian sea, and the Barents sea. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 1443-1464.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Modelling wave growth in narrow fetch geometries: The white-capping and wind input formulations. Ocean Modelling. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Intense Interactions between Ocean Waves and Currents Observed in the Lofoten Maelstrom. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 3461-3476.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Effects of wave-induced processes in a coupled wave-ocean model on particle transport simulations. Water. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Sea-state contributions to sea-level variability in the European Seas. Ocean Dynamics. 1-23.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Long-Term Statistics of Observed Bubble Depth Versus Modeled Wave Dissipation. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Evaluating the leeway coefficient of ocean drifters using operational marine environmental prediction systems. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 1943-1954.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Comparison of wind speed and wave height trends from twentieth-century models and satellite altimeters. Journal of Climate. 611-624.
  • Show author(s) (2020). An open source, versatile, affordable waves in ice instrument for scientific measurements in the Polar Regions. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). A combined stokes drift profile under swell and wind sea. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 2819-2833.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Wave effects on coastal upwelling and water level. Ocean Modelling. 1-16.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The importance of wind forcing in fjord wave modelling . Ocean Dynamics. 57-75.
  • Show author(s) (2019). SEASTAR: A Mission to Study Ocean Submesoscale Dynamics and Small-Scale Atmosphere-Ocean Processes in Coastal, Shelf and Polar Seas. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Robustness and uncertainties in global multivariate wind-wave climate projections. Nature Climate Change. 711-718.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Ocean-wave-atmosphere interaction processes in a fully coupled modelling system. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. 1-23.
  • Show author(s) (2019). NORA10EI: A revised regional atmosphere-wave hindcast for the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. International Journal of Climatology. 1-27.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Global wind speed and wave height extremes derived from long-duration satellite records. Journal of Climate. 109-126.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Global Stokes drift climate under the RCP8.5 scenario. Journal of Climate. 1677-1691.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A novel approach to computing super observations for probabilistic wave model validation. Ocean Modelling. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A comparison of Langmuir turbulence parameterizations and key wave effects in a numerical model of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Ocean Modelling. 76-97.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Wind and wave extremes from atmosphere and wave model ensembles. Journal of Climate. 8819-8842.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Wave modelling in coastal and inner seas. Progress in Oceanography. 164-233.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Turbulence Scaling Comparisons in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans. 2172-2191.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Subsurface maxima in buoyant fish eggs indicate vertical velocity shear and spatially limited spawning grounds. Limnology and Oceanography. 1239-1251.
  • Show author(s) (2018). OpenDrift v1.0: A generic framework for trajectory modelling. Geoscientific Model Development. 1405-1420.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Climate change and safe design of ship structures. Ocean Engineering. 226-237.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Analysis of Rogue Waves in North-Sea In-Situ Surface Wave Data. Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The ocean version of the Lagrangian analysis tool LAGRANTO. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 1723-1741.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The "shallow-waterness" of the wave climate in European coastal regions. Ocean Science. 589-597.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Statistical models of global Langmuir mixing. Ocean Modelling. 95-114.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Projected changes in significant wave height toward the end of the 21st century: Northeast Atlantic. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans. 3394-3403.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Efficient bootstrap estimates for tail statistics. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 357-366.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Effects of wave-induced forcing on a circulation model of the North Sea. Ocean Dynamics. 81-101.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Surface wave effects on water temperature in the Baltic Sea: simulations with the coupled NEMO-WAM model. Ocean Dynamics. 917-930.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Modeling whitecap fraction with a wave model. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 887-894.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Measurement and modeling of oil slick transport. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans. 7759-7775.
  • Show author(s) (2016). A Stokes drift approximation based on the Phillips spectrum. Ocean Modelling. 49-56.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Surface wave effects in the NEMO ocean model: Forced and coupled experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans. 2973-2992.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Marine wind and wave height trends at different ERA-interim forecast ranges. Journal of Climate. 819-837.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Comparison of HF radar measurements with Eulerian and Lagrangian surface currents. Ocean Dynamics. 679-690.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Wind and wave extremes over the world oceans from very large ensembles. Geophysical Research Letters. 5122-5131.
  • Show author(s) (2014). The wind sea and swell waves climate in the Nordic seas. Ocean Dynamics. 223-240.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Wave Extremes in the Northeast Atlantic from Ensemble Forecasts. Journal of Climate.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Wave extremes in the Northeast Atlantic. Journal of Climate. 1529-1543.
  • Show author(s) (2012). The leeway of shipping containers at different immersion levels. Ocean Dynamics. 741-752.
  • Show author(s) (2012). BAKTRAK: Backtracking drifting objects using an iterative algorithm with a forward trajectory model. Ocean Dynamics. 239-252.
  • Show author(s) (2012). A short-term predictive system for surface currents from a rapidly deployed coastal HF radar network. Ocean Dynamics. 725-740.
  • Show author(s) (2011). The full life cycle of a polar low over the Norwegian Sea observed by three research aircraft flights. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 1659-1673.
  • Show author(s) (2011). A high-resolution hindcast of wind and waves for The North Sea, The Norwegian Sea and The Barents Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Nearshore wave forecasting and hindcasting by dynamical and statistical downscaling. Journal of Marine Systems.
  • Show author(s) (2021). PC-2 Winter Process Cruise (WPC). .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Climate in Svalbard 2100 . 1/2019. 1/2019. .
  • Show author(s) (2018). NorShelf: An ocean reanalysis and data-assimilative forecast model for the Norwegian Shelf Sea. 4. 4. .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2016). Investigating Hjort’s second hypothesis: How to predict the Northeast Arctic (NEA) cod who is “lost” for recruitment?
  • Show author(s) (2019). The 1st International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards incorporating the 15th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting. Ocean Dynamics. 513-517.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The 14th international workshop on wave hindcasting and forecasting and the 5th coastal hazards symposium. Ocean Dynamics. 551-556.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The international workshop on wave hindcasting and forecasting and the coastal hazards symposium. Ocean Dynamics. 761-771.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2017). Lofottorskevarselet: Enkelte rognbyger i Vestfjorden. Naturen. 159-163.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2019). Air-Sea Interaction in Biophysical Modeling. With focus on Northeast Arctic Cod.
  • Show author(s) (2022). MakingWaves: Wave-mediated atmosphere-ocean-sea-ice interactions and their climatic impacts in the Nordic Seas and eastern Arctic.
  • Show author(s) (2022). MakingWaves: Wave-mediated atmosphere-ocean-sea-ice interactions and their climatic impacts in the Nordic Seas and eastern Arctic.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Assessing the impact of surface waves on the North Atlantic and Nordic Seas simulations using HYCOM.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Projected Changes on the Global Surface Wave Drift Climate towards the END of the Twenty-First Century.
  • Show author(s) (2016). NORSE2015 - A Focused Experiment On Oil Emulsion Characterization Using PolSAR During the 2015 Norwegian Oil-On-Water Exercise.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Characterizing Experimental Oil Spills by Multi-polarization Synthetic Aperture Radar.
  • Show author(s) (2016). A robust definition for the turbulent Langmuir number.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Ocean Surface Observations of the Diurnal Cycle of Turbulence with ASIP.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Correction to: Sea-state contributions to sea-level variability in the European Seas. Ocean Dynamics. 279-279.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Corrigendum to “Statistical models of global Langmuir mixing” (Ocean Modelling (2017) 113 (95–114), (S1463500317300471), (10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.03.016)). Ocean Modelling.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2018). Stokes drift. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 1-23.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Short-term predictions of: Oceanic drift. Oceanography. 59-67.
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) (2021). Split on a diverging ice floe (sciencenorway.no) .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Pannekaker med dønning attåt (forskning.no) .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Pancakes in the waves - a field report from the wintery Barents Sea (sciencenorway.no).
  • Show author(s) (2021). Isflakspagaten (forskning.no).
  • Show author(s) (2021). A handful of suitcases teach us how waves and sea ice interact, and improve weather and climate models. (sciencenorway.no) .

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