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
Bergen Polar Network
In 2014 an initiative from the leadership at the University of
Bergen was taken to create a network of polar scientists
crosscutting all faculties. Webpages for the new network can be found here:
One simple version of a Polar Network in Bergen could be
an extension of Bergen Ice Group into biological and societal
science. A polar day will be arranged 24. September 2014. After this event
scientists outside the University will probably be invited along into
this larger new network.