September is here and that means fall is coming to Tromsø and people are back from vacation and back to work… just in time for the big Arctic Sea Ice minimum for the year. Norway has a lot of researchers working on various aspects of sea ice, from determining how molecular structure affects the mechanical properties of ice to looking at the life that is dependent on the ice. There are a number of great institutes here in Norway and I encourage you check them out and learn more about Sea Ice research in Norway.
In particular this month I want to point out to you the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC). The Nansen Center conducts basic research and environmental research projects funded by the research councils, space agencies, EU, national and international government agencies, industry and private donations. For sea ice, they work with the Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (ArcticROOS) which provides operational monitoring and forecasting services of ocean circulation, water masses, ocean surface conditions, sea ice and biological/chemical constituents in the Arctic Oceans.
Within the Nansen Group is an extensive exchange of scientists, “post-docs” and Ph.D. candidates is fostering scientific cooperation and joint publications. A Nansen Fellowship program is providing a monthly stipend, external supervision from scientists at the Center and supporting research mobility for Ph.D. candidates offering three months visits per year at one of the other research centers in the Nansen Group or its cooperating partners.
The Nansen Group also organizes and hosts thematic summer/winter schools at Ph.D. level. These schools, of typical one week duration, have been organized in Norway (2006, 2011), Russia (2009), China (2004 and 2008) and India (2010), involving students and young scientist from many countries.
Other institutions of interest:
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NRSC)
Norwegian Meteorological Institute (DNMI)
Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø
SINTEF Group, Trondheim
University of Bergen Geofysisk Institutt
Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE)