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Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics (ResClim)


S. Berben, T. Furevik


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4th Open Science Meeting

Goa; India

11-16 February 2013





Northwest Europe owes its mild climate to the northward transports of heat associated with the North Atlantic storm tracks and the North Atlantic Currents. Further, it is characterized by strong annual and decadal variability, making it particularly challenging to separate anthropogenic climate changes from natural variability. Particularly strong changes in our local climate have been observed for the last couple of decades. At present we do not know to which extent this is related to anthropogenic forcing, or if the next decades will show further amplification or a return to more normal conditions. Yet the success of all future political measures will strongly depend on the right input data from the climate community, making it more than ever before important to train future generations in the complex dynamics of the climate system. Related to this complexity is the need for collaboration between scientists of various skills, whether they have their expertise in the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, biogeochemical cycling, or in climate modelling, and a need for scientists to be able to communicate to non-scientist to a much larger extent than before. Hence the Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics (ResClim) was officially launched on March 13, 2009 by the rector of the University of Bergen.

Here, we would like to present an overview of the organization, its aim and objectives. ResClim is a project with 10 national partners and 7 international collaborators and is lead from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, Norway. The aim of the school is to give PhD candidates in-depth knowledge in their specific study field within climate research, trans-disciplinary knowledge in the dynamics of the entire climate system, insight into the political and societal impacts of climate change, and the necessary skills to play an active role in appropriately predicting, mitigating, and adapting to climatic and environmental change. As the school’s participants encompass different disciplinary backgrounds and cultures with varying degrees of experience, ResClim provides a range of unique activities that students can integrate into their own training programme so as to accommodate specific requirements with personal interests. The activities include all kinds of courses such as intensive courses, specialized workshops, specialized and/ or more generalized summer schools, outreach activities; an annual short symposium on climate change as well as an annual all-staff meeting. Finally, ResClim also provides financial support for shorter research stays and research facilities.

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