The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, Uni Research, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

Yongqi Gao is a key-figure for the Norwegian-Chinese cooperation. Photo: Gudrun Sylte.

New funding for continued China-Norway collaboration

It is now twenty years since Yongqi Gao came to Bergen as a PhD candidate. Since then, Gao has been a key-figure for the Norwegian-Chinese cooperation that now has received SIU funding for new summer schools, and a PhD and Master student exchange.

Yongqi Gao is currently in China, alongside project colleagues, for this year´s Nansen-Zhu Summer School. The newly funded project, titled “Norwegian-Chinese partnership in climate teleconnection and prediction” (CONNECTED) is a continuation of Norwegian-Chinese collaboration that began 20 years ago, in 1996, when Yongqi Gao came to Bergen in order to undertake his doctoral studies at NERSC and UIB.

The Norwegian-Chinese academic relationship has strengthened since then, and BCCR currently employs 11 Chinese researchers. CONNECTED aims to continue evolving these bonds of cooperation through biennial summer schools, workshops, and the exchange of PhD and Master students with supervisors from both countries. The project is specifically geared towards understanding how changes within one region´s climate also affects the climate of other regions.

UIB is the Norwegian main partner institution, whereas the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese academy of Science (CN), is the main partner institution outside Norway. The project coordinators are Tore Furevik (Geophysical Institute/UIB) and Huijun Wang (Nansen-Zhu International Research Center/CN).