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Summer School 2018


Climate Teleconnections and Predictions: Past, Present and Future.


With the Folgefonn glacier in the background and located in a typical Norwegian fjord landscape, the town of Norheimsund is a perfect setting for the  ARCPATH - CONNECTED summer school.

The projects ARCPATH and CONNECTED will jointly organize a summer school with a cross-disciplinary focus related to the projects' research. The summer school is open to graduate students (Masters, PhD) and Postdoctoral scientists.

If you apply and qualify, you will be granted full coverage of accommodation, meals, study materials, local excursions and local transportation to/from the hotel.

You will be responsible for your own transport between home and summer school connection point (BGO Flesland Airport, overseas flight or equivalent), e.g. by support from your lab.

In total 36 places are available. In case of overassignment, qualified applicants affiliated with the ARCPATH or CONNECTED partners will have priority.

Dates: 30 June - 6 July, 2018
Venue: Thon Hotel Sandven, Norheimsund - Norway
Main Theme: Climate Teleconnections and Predictions: Past, Present and Future

Application deadline : April 22


Global surface temperature increased by around 1°C since early 20th century. Superposed on this warming trend were pronounced decadal to inter-decadal fluctuations. Similarly, decadal to multi-decadal variations in monsoon systems and Arctic climate have been also recorded. These interdecadal shifts have great influences on weather and climate. In recent decades, Arctic warmed much faster than other latitudes, with a warming magnitude of approximately twice as large as the Northern Hemisphere average. Arctic warming has been linked to local radiative process, heat and moisture transports (both ocean and atmosphere) from lower latitudes. Although Arctic warming implies a melting sea ice cover, the change in sea ice can have strong feedback on overlying atmosphere. Observational and numerical studies have suggested reduction of Arctic sea ice likely can have impact on climate and extreme weather over the Northern Hemisphere, such as European summer precipitation, East Asian monsoon changes, Eurasian cold winters. What is the relation between the variability in the different regions and how this relation can benefit the climate predictions will be the main topic for this summer school.

The ARCPATH / CONNECTED summer school aims to provide young researchers (Ms and PhD students/postdocs) with an exciting survey of recent developments in the area of climate teleconnections between  the high and the lower latitudes and climate predictions. Lectures will be given in the morning and there is time for interactive discussions between senior lecturers and young researchers including graduate students.


The summer school will consist of core lectures, selected topical lectures, and student work and presentations. The following lectures have so far been confirmed:

  • Shuting Yang (DMI): Climate Modelling
  • Astrid Ogilvie (SAI): Climate changes and impacts in the past
  • Yongqi Gao (NERSC): Climate Teleconnections: Arctic sea ice and Eurasian climate
  • Botao Zhou (National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration) Lecture held by S. He
  • Tore Furevik (UiB): Climate Teleconnections: the Pacific origin of Arctic climate change
  • Shengping He (UiB): Climate teleconnection between the Arctic warming and the mid-latitudes
  • Nils Gunnar Kvamstø (UiB): Atmospheric processes and sea ice
  • Harald Loeng (Inst. of Marine Research, Norway (emeritus)): Climate impacts on marine ecosystems
  • Odd Helge Otterå (Uni-Research): Multideadal climate variability and paleo-climate
  • Helene Langehaug (NERSC): Ocean dynamis and predictability
  • Yiguo Wang (NERSC): Data assimilation and Earth System modelling
  • Lea Svendsen (Uni-Research): Climate prediction
  • Madlen Kimmritz (NERSC): Arctic se ice prediction and Earth System modelling


Summer school gives 2 Credit Points

The program  may be subject to minor changes


Venue: Thon Hotel Sandven is a delightful historic hotel steeped in tradition, perched on the edge of a charcteristic Norwegian fjord in the town of Norheimsund, about an hour’s drive from the city of Bergen.

Students of the same gender will be accommodated in twin rooms.

The hotel has excellent conference facilities appropriate for plenary and break-out sessions, as well as outdoor facilities in inspiring surroundings.

The local area has great possibilities for out-door activities and sightseing. The summer school program also includes two excursions to neighbouring sites of interest.

The Steinsdalsfoss (waterfall) and the fartøyvernseter (Old Ships Procuring Center), amomg other sites are described at Visit Kvam

More information on how to get there will appear later.




To qualify you must fill out the application form, including uploading a short CV and a recommendation letter, within the application deadline: 22 April 2018

Then your application will be evaluated by the scientific committee and you will be notified within a few days whether you have qualified for the summer school.

For otherwise equal conditions, early registrations will take precedence.

You are responsible for booking your own flights and applying for the required visas (if applicable).


Go to: Application form

Successful applicants will be granted full coverage of accommodation, meals, study materials, local excursions and transportation to/from the hotel. Expences for travels between home and  Norheimsund / BGO Flesland Airport must be covered by the applicant's own funds or by applying for funding elsewhere.

The summer school is supported by the NordForsk-funded Nordic Centre of Excellence project (award 76654) 'Arctic Climate Predictions: Pathways to Resilient, Sustainable Societies (ARCPATH)' and by the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education-funded 'Chinese-Norwegian Partnership in Climate Teleconnection and Prediction (CONNECTED)' project.

Members of the Program Committee for the ARCPATH Summer School 2018:

  • Yongqi Gao (co-chair) Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway
  • Tore Furevik (co-chair) Bjerknes Centre of Climae Research / Geophysical Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Astrid Ogilvie - Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Jianqi Sun - Chinese Academy of Science | CAS - Institute of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Noel Keenlyside - Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway

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