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Announcement: Postdoctoral position

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) in Bergen, Norway,  invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the areas of sea ice, data assimilation, and machine learning. This three-year position will be located in Bergen, Norway.

The successful candidate will be part of an international research team with expertise in data assimilation, machine learning techniques, remote sensing, and in situ sea ice observations. The postdoctoral researcher will use the TOPAZ modeling and data assimilation system for the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify predictors of sea ice thickness distribution from existing data;
  • Design, train, and validate an emulator of sea ice thickness;
  • Modify an Ensemble Kalman Filter using machine learning to update the ice thickness distribution; and
  • Publication of results.

Qualifications include:

  • PhD in applied mathematics, computer science, climate change, or related field;
  • Strong background in applied mathematics;
  • Experience in either machine learning or data assimilation; and
  • Experience in parallel programming with complex codes would be beneficial.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, with contact information, and contact information for two references.

Application deadline: 15 December 2021

For more information and to apply, go to:
Position description

For questions, contact:
Laurent Bertino
Email: laurent.bertino@nersc.no
Phone: +47 93 45 62 15


IAMAS Early Career Webinar Series

The IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences) early career scientist commitee has recently launched a webinar series. The webinar will be held monthly, and alternate among the 10 IAMAS committees.

The first webinar will be held on June 22nd, 2021. The IAMAS president Prof. Joyce Penner will be delivering an introductory talk about the IAMAS organization, followed by the first invited speaker, Dr. Jiale Lou (University of Colorado), who will talk about South Pacific Climate Dynamics and Predictability. Registration and zoom link can be found here.

Upcoming sea ice prediction webinar

The Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) will host a webinar on Prospects for Improved Regional Prediction of Arctic Sea Ice on 13 July, 2021

The webinar will provide an overview of a newly developed dynamical and seasonal prediction system and its performance in predicting Arctic sea ice conditions. Details about the presenters can be seen here.

The one-hour webinar will be held on 13 July at: 9am (AKDT), 10am (PDT), 11am (MDT), 12pm (CDT), 1pm (EDT), and 7pm (CEDT).

Registration is required: https://www.arcus.org/sipn/meetings/webinars/register

Land ice and 21st century sea level rise

Two fresh papers from the ISMIP6 and GlacierMIP community explore projected sea level rise from land ice changes under CMIP5 and CMIP6 scenarios. 

The possible future sea level change due to Antarctica is similar for CMIP5 and CMIP6, but the warmer atmosphere in CMIP6 models leads to higher sea-level contributions from Greenland by the end of the century. Read the full story in Geophysical Research Letters here.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celcius would halve the land ice contribution to twenty-first-century sea level rise. Read the full Nature paper here.  

Congratulations to Anthony J. Payne, Sophie Nowicki, Ben Marzeion, Regine Hock, Heiko Goelzer, and the rest of the ISMIP6 and GlacierMIP community! 

From Edwards et al. (2021), Nature, 593, 74-82.

YOPP Final Summit, 1-4 May 2022

One year from now, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit will take place in Montreal, Canada on 1-4 May, 2022. Save the dates!

The conference will bring together the polar prediction community, showcase the successes of YOPP, and contribute to the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project. For more detalis, see here.

The 2nd Climate Observation Conference, 30 August - 3 September 2021

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and supported by European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will hold a conference that aims to assess how well the global climate observing system supports current and near-term user needs for climate information.

Abstracts for either an oral or poster presentation can be sumitted here. The abstract submission deadline is 14 June 2021. A preliminary structure of the programme is available here


Online conference on remote sensing in Svalbard, 8-10 June 2021

SIOS, the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, invites abstracts to be submitted for their 'Online Conference on Remote Sensing in Svalbard' held from 8-10 June, 2021.

The abstract submision deadline is 15 May, 2021. Read more about the conference and get the abstract submission form here

Special issue on the Greenland Ice Sheet and Climate Change open for submissions

Global warming has led to the increased mass loss in the Greenland Ice Sheet in the last 10–20 years, making it the dominant glaciological contributor to global sea-level rise. The open access journal Atmosphere is now lauching a special issue on 'Greenland Ice Sheet Interactions with Climate Change and Extreme Weather'.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 31, 2021. Read more about the special issue and the submission process here.  

Report from the 17th meeting of the CliC SSG available

On March 4th, the CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) met online to discuss the future of CliC in the new WCRP organisation. The report from the meeting is avialable here

WCRPLAA number of CliC SSG members and group leaders are already engaged in the WCRP's new Lighthouse Activities: Hanne Christensen (My Climate Risk), James Renwick and Heiko Goelzer (Safe Climate Landings), Patrick Heimbach (Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change), and Amy Lovecraft (WCRP Academy). A working group among the SSG will review the existing CliC activities and science groups and develop CliC's 5-year strategic plan for 2022-2026.