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To understand how the weather evolves, how wind, radiation, rain and clouds in the atmosphere are connected on short times has always been an important aim for research at GFI. Modern computers and current theory provide an unprecedented basis for the study of atmospheric phenomena, many still far from understood. We gather new measurements, develop better weather forecast models, new observational techniques, and work with understanding the dynamical and physical conditions that determine what the weather will be.

Professors in the Meteorology group
Jan Asle Olseth: Radiation and local meteorology
Joachim Reuder: Boundary layer meteorologyand wind energy
Thomas Spengler: Atmospheric dynamics and air-sea interaction
Harald Sodemann: Atmospheric water cycle and atmospheric transport models

Weather information

New research
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Barents Sea ice cover may influence Asian highlands

It is far from the Arctic to Tibet. A new study shows how variations in the sea ice cover may influence the transport of air pollution into the Tibetan Plateau.
New research
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Using large ensembles to investigate the atmospheric response to El Niño Southern Oscillation

El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) influences the weather over the whole globe. Clio Michel writes about new research on the accuracy of future changes in the atmospheric response to ENSO, provided the targets of the Paris Agreement are met.
Citizen science
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Citizen science postponed

Small bags can be filled with traces of winter storms. Skiers help Harald Sodemann find out where the Norwegian snow comes from. His project planned for this Easter will, however, be postponed till next year.
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What is the dominant wind direction for air-sea heat exchange?

In the mid-latitudes the weather changes quickly. Changing winds influence the heat exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. A new study by Fumiaki Ogawa and Thomas Spengler shows how important it is to consider short-term phenomena like extratropical cyclones and cold air outbreaks when...