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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHi, I am Asgeir Sorteberg and I am Kerim Nisancioglu. Together we would like to welcome you all to this course on the Causes of Climate Change. This course spans three weeks and provide the underlying basis for understanding climate drivers and the physical mechanisms that are governing climate variations in the past and in the future.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsWe have sentered this course around three main concepts: during the first week we are going to discuss the main radiative forcing of climate. This includes the solar radiation, volcanism, and greenhouse gases. In the second week we are going to discuss the main climate feedbacks as well as the role of ocean and atmospheric heat transport. In the final and third week we are going to look at ocean heat uptake, as well as past climate changes. We have organized the course in such a way that you can choose to watch the videos, read the accompanying articles and complete the quizzes.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsHowever, if you aim for a deeper understanding of the topic you should also read the additional articles, solve the exercises and participate actively in the discussion forums. During the course we look forward to interact with you in the online discussion forums, together with four very able PhD students form our university. At the end of each week we will also provide a feedback video, based on the input we get in the discussions. We hope you'll make use of this opportunity to learn as much as possible about the Causes of Climate Change - and have fun!

Welcome to the course

First of all we would like to introduce ourselves.

We are professor Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu and professor Asgeir Sorteberg from the University of Bergen. Together with four Ph.D. students we will be guiding you through three challenging and exiting weeks exploring the causes of climate change.

Asgeir Sorteberg is a professor in meteorology at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.

Asgeir’s main research interest is connected to large scale atmospheric dynamics, cyclones, stormtracks and the water cycle, including precipitation, snow and ice. He is currently leading a project at the Bjerknes Centre to understand extreme precipitation events in Norway since 1900, investigating the weather systems that caused them.

He is a popular teacher at the University of Bergen, and was elected best educator in 2011 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Asgeir is also one of the main authors of the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaption (SREX)

Kerim Nisancioglu is a professor of climate dynamics at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Kerim is also Professor II at the Department of Geosciences and the Center for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, University of Oslo, Norway.

Kerim’s research is focused on understanding the dynamics of past climate changes, including the transition from the warm greenhouse climates at the time when dinosaurs roamed the planet to the frequent glaciations of the past few million years. He is currently leading a large interdisciplinary European funded project called ice2ice aimed at resolving the mechanisms behind past abrupt changes in Arctic sea ice and their impact on the stability of the Greenland ice sheet.

Kerim has a keen interest in outreach and education, and runs a very popular summer school called ACDC (Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses), where international early career climate scientists and lectures meet every year across different disciplines to discuss current topics within the field of climate dynamics. He is also engaged in earth science education through schools and the science museum of Bergen.

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Causes of Climate Change

University of Bergen