Partnership between Norway and Japan for excellent Education and Research in Weather and Climate Dynamics (NORPAN)


One of the main objectives of NORPAN is to internationalize research activities between Norway and Japan and to enhance exchange and joint training among Norwegian and Japanese graduate students.

During February and March 2017 we had three NORPAN scientists and PhD students visiting from the University of Tokyo. Two PhD students, Satoru Okajima and Ryusuke Masunaga, from Hisashi Nakamura’s laboratory at the Research Center for Advanced Studies and Technology (RCAST) and one postdoc, Sun-ichi Watanabe, from the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI). During the research visits they interacted with several scientist at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen and each of them gave a scientific presentation about their research during a departmental seminar of the meteorology group.
The main focus of their research is on air-sea interactions, both on more larger scales associated with the Kuroshio current and its extension as well as smaller scale phenomena such as Cold Air Outbreaks over the Sea of Japan and the formation of polar mesocyclones in these environments. Significant progress has been made during their visits based on intensive discussions and further analysis in collaboration with scientists in Bergen.

From 25 to 27 March 2017, Dr. Yvan Orsolini from BCCR visited Professor Hisashi Nakamura’s group at RCAST of University of Tokyo for scientific exchange. Dr Orsolini also attended a seminar at JAMSTEC Yokohama and discussed with the members of the “Climate Variability Prediction and Application” research group within the Application Laboratory, where Professor S. Behera is the leader. The trip was conducive to the possibility of future collaboration between the Norwegian and Japanese institutes.

A group of scientists from GFI visited our Japanese partners AORI and RCAST in the last week of November. They also went to JAMSTEC to have very productive discussions with some scientistis there. Read the detailed reports below.