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Kjetil Våge

  • E-mailKjetil.Vage@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 26 05
  • Visitor Address
    Allegt. 70
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 BERGEN

My primary research interests are centered around the northern extremity of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. In particular, I am interested in the pathways and processes through which the warm Atlantic inflow into the Nordic Seas is transformed into dense overflow waters and in deep convection in the subpolar North Atlantic.

Brakstad A., K. Våge, L. Håvik, and G.W.K. Moore, 2019: Water mass transformation in the Greenland Sea during the period 1986–2016. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 49, 121-140, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-17-0273.1 

Zhao J., J. Yang, S. Semper, R.S. Pickart, K. Våge, H. Valdimarsson, and S. Jónsson, 2018: A numerical study of interannual variability in the North Icelandic Irminger Current. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123doi:10.1029/2018JC013800

Håvik L. and K. Våge, 2018: Wind-driven coastal upwelling and downwelling in the Shelfbreak East Greenland Current. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 6106-6115, doi:10.1029/2018JC014273

Våge K., L. Papritz, L. Håvik, M.A. Spall, and G.W.K. Moore, 2018: Ocean convection linked to the recent ice edge retreat along east Greenland. Nature Communications, 9, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03468-6

Moore GWK and K. Våge, 2018: Impact of model resolution on the representation of the air–sea interaction associated with the North Water Polynya. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 144, 1474-1489, doi:10.1002/qj.3295

Lauvset S.K., A. Brakstad, K. Våge, A. Olsen, E. Jeansson, and K.A. Mork, 2018: Continued warming, salinification and oxygenation of the Greenland Sea gyre. Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 70, 1-9, doi:10.1080/16000870.2018.1476434

Pickart R.S., M.A. Spall, D.J. Torres, K. Våge, H. Valdimarsson, C. Nobre, G.W.K. Moore, S. Jónsson, and D. Mastropole, 2017: The North Icelandic Jet and its relationship to the North Icelandic Irminger Current. Journal of Marine Research, 75, 605-639, doi:10.1375/002224017822109505

Håvik L., K. Våge, R.S. Pickart, B. Harden, W.-J. von Appen, S. Jónsson, and S. Østerhus, 2017: Structure and variability of the shelfbreak East Greenland Current north of Denmark Strait. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 47, 2631-2646, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-17-0062.1

Behrens E., K. Våge, B. Harden, A. Biastoch, and C.W. Böning, 2017: Composition and variability of the Denmark Strait Overflow Water in a high-resolution numerical model hindcast simulation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 2830-2846, doi:10.1002/2016JC012158

Pérez-Hernandez M.D., R.S. Pickart, V. Pavlov, K. Våge, R. Ingvaldsen, A. Sundfjord, A.H.H. Renner, D.J. Torres, and S.Y. Erofeeva, 2017: The Atlantic Water boundary current north of Svalbard in late summer. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 2269-2290, doi:10.1002/2016JC012486

Håvik L., R.S. Pickart, K. Våge, D.J. Torres, A.M. Thurnherr, A. Beszczynska-Möller, W. Walczowski, and W.-J. von Appen, 2017: Evolution of the East Greenland Current from Fram Strait to Denmark Strait: Synoptic measurements from summer 2012. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 1974-1994, doi:10.1002/2016JC012228

Mastropole D., R.S. Pickart, H. Valdimarsson, K. Våge, K. Jochumsen, and J. Girton, 2017: On the hydrography of Denmark Strait. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 306-321, doi:10.1002/2016JC012007

de Steur L., R.S. Pickart, A. Macrander, K. Våge, B. Harden, S. Jónsson, S. Østerhus, and H. Valdimarsson, 2017: Liquid freshwater transport estimates from the East Greenland Current based on continuous measurements north of Denmark Strait. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 93-109, doi:10.1002/2016JC012106

Frajka-Williams E., J. Bamber, and K. Våge, 2016: Greenland melt and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Oceanography, 29: 22-33, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2016.96

Fröb F., A. Olsen, K. Våge, G.W.K. Moore, I. Yashayaev, E. Jeansson, and B. Rajasakaren, 2016: Irminger Sea deep convection injects oxygen and anthropogenic carbon to the ocean interior. Nature Communications, 7, doi:10.1038/ncomms13244

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, V. Pavlov, P. Lin, D.J. Torres, R. Ingvaldsen, A. Sundfjord, and A. Proshutinsky, 2016: The Atlantic Water boundary current in the Nansen Basin: Transport and mechanisms of lateral exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121: 6946–6960, doi:10.1002/2016JC011715

Harden B.E., R.S. Pickart, H. Valdimarsson, K. Våge, L. de Steur, C. Richards, F. Bahr, D. Torres, E. Børve, S. Jónsson, A. Macrander, S. Østerhus, L. Håvik, and T. Hattermann, 2016: Upstream sources of the Denmark Strait Overflow: Observations from a high-resolution mooring array. Deep Sea Research I, 112: 94-112, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2016.02.007

Moore G.W.K., K. Våge, R.S. Pickart, and I.A. Renfrew, 2015: Decreasing intensity of open-ocean convection in the Greenland and Iceland seas. Nature Climate Change, 5, 877-882, doi:10.1038/nclimate2688

Våge K., G.W.K. Moore, S. Jónsson, and H. Valdimarsson, 2015: Water mass transformation in the Iceland Sea. Deep Sea Research I, 101: 98-109, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.04.001

Glessmer M.S., T. Eldevik, K. Våge, J.E.Ø. Nilsen, and E. Behrens, 2014: Atlantic origin of observed and modelled freshwater anomalies in the Nordic Seas. Nature Geoscience7: 801-805, doi:10.1038/ngeo2259

Moore G.W.K., R.S. Pickart, I.A. Renfrew, and K. Våge, 2014: What causes the location of the air-sea turbulent heat flux maximum over the Labrador Sea? Geophysical Research Letters, 41: 3628–3635, doi:10.1002/2014GL059940

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, M.A. Spall, G.W.K. Moore, H. Valdimarsson, D.J. Torres, S.Y. Erofeeva, and J.E.Ø. Nilsen, 2013: Revised circulation scheme north of the Denmark Strait. Deep Sea Research I, 79: 20-39, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2013.05.007

Gelderloos R., C.A. Katsman, and K. Våge, 2013: Detecting Labrador Sea Water formation from space. Journal of Geophysical Research118: 2074-2086, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20176

de Jong M.F., H.M. van Aken, K. Våge, and R.S. Pickart, 2012: Convective mixing in the central Irminger Sea: 2002-2010. Deep Sea Research I63: 36-51, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2012.01.003

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, M.A. Spall, H. Valdimarsson, S. Jónsson, D.J. Torres, S. Østerhus, and T. Eldevik, 2011: Significant role of the North Icelandic Jet in the formation of Denmark Strait Overflow Water. Nature Geoscience4: 723-727, doi:10.1038/NGEO1234

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, A. Sarafanov, Ø. Knutsen, H. Mercier, P. Lherminier, H.M. van Aken, J. Meincke, D. Quadfasel, and S. Bacon, 2011: The Irminger Gyre: Circulation, convection, and interannual variability. Deep Sea Research I58: 590-614, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.03.001

Straneo F., R.G. Curry, D.A. Sutherland, G.S. Hamilton, C. Cenedese, K. Våge, and L.A. Stearns, 2011: Impact of fjord dynamics and glacial runoff on the circulation near Helheim Glacier. Nature Geoscience4: 322-327, doi:10.1038/NGEO1109

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, V. Thierry, G. Reverdin, C.M. Lee, B. Petrie, T.A. Agnew, A. Wong, and M.H. Ribergaard, 2009: Surprising return of deep convection to the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean in winter 2007-2008. Nature Geoscience2: 67-72, doi:10.1038/NGEO382

Våge K., T. Spengler, H.C. Davies, and R.S. Pickart, 2009: Multi-event analysis of the Greenland tip jet based upon 45 winters in ERA-40. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society135: 1999-2011, doi: 10.1002/qj.488

Pickart R.S., K. Våge, G.W.K. Moore, I.A. Renfrew, M.H. Ribergaard, and H.C. Davies, 2008: Convection in the western North Atlantic sub-polar gyre: Do small-scale wind events matter? In: Arctic-Subarctic Ocean Fluxes: Defining the role of the northern seas in climate, Chapter 26, pp. 629-652

Våge K., R.S. Pickart, G.W.K. Moore, and M.H. Ribergaard, 2008: Winter mixed-layer development in the central Irminger Sea: The effect of strong, intermittent wind events. Journal of Physical Oceanography38: 541-565, doi: 10.1175/2007JPO3678.1

Publications in national current research information system (CRIStin)


2007-2010: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, USA, Ph.D. in physical oceanography

2003-2006: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, USA, M.Sc. in physical oceanography

1999-2003: University of New Brunswick, Canada, B.Sc. in physics


2012-present: Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Research scientist

2010-2012: Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Post-doctoral investigator