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RIDDLE TOUR of the Geophysical Institute in Bergen—By Kim André Fladen

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

I finally got paired up with my climate scientist! For the past weeks, I have been meeting with Leilane Passos to learn more about her work. She moved from Brazil to Norway one and a half years ago and is now working on her Ph.D. at the University of Bergen as part of the Bjerknes Climate Prediction Unit project. Her team is developing a model that predicts our future climate. We are not talking about your usual weather reports, but predictions for up to ten years! This will help people, countries, and businesses coping with the risks of a changing climate.

The BCPU team is led by Noel Keenlyside, and is a partnership between four different research institutions. Some of the team spends time developing the BCPU model, but Leilane is part of the department checking it. She is trying to find out what works in the current version, and what doesn’t. There are a couple of places around Bergen where she is working with her Ph.D. One of them is the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen. GFI is an institute, but also a beautiful people-funded building that was completed in the Spring of 1928. These are a couple of photos from some evenings Leilane showed me around.

Thanks for having me, GFI, and Leilane!


Kim André Fladen is an MA Visual Communication student at the Academy of Art & Design

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