Bergen has long traditions for international research in polar oceanography and other areas of polar studies. Since we do not control our own infrastructure for polar field work, international collaboration is particularly important to maintain field activities which supplement and link to theoretical, modelling and remote sensing studies. The last International Polar Year in 2007-2008 left a clear message to the general public about significant and dramatic change in polar regions.

The Bergen Ice Group was initiated in 2006, and is a group to coordinate cryospheric research based in Bergen in the future. After the workshop in february 2013 the name changed from Bergen Polar Ice Group to Bergen Ice Group. Most of the ice is found in polar areas, and in that way 'polar' seemed reduntant, but we also think that activity on glaciers could be a part of the activities in the future.

The scientists in the group are working mostly within the Bjerknes Centre, but also non-climate  related research is welcome. The four Bjerknes Institutions are the University of Bergen, Uni Research, the Nansen Environmental and Remotse Sensing Center, and Institute of Marine Research.  The group is coordinated by Lars H. Smedsrud at the Geophysical Institute and Pierre Rampal at the Nansen Environmental and Remotse Sensing Center.

Workshops have occured not very often, but migt be more frequent in the future.
Wednesday 13. February, 2013
Tuesday 30. January 2007