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If the sea rises one meter, will five centimeters more or less matter? That depends on where you are. Climate researchers develop methods for more precise projections of sea level rise in Northern Europe.

When a fishing vessel sets course for Bear Island, the captain knows only which areas are ice-covered now, not where the ice will be tomorrow. In a few years, sea ice predictions will make routing easier and safer.

In the last decades, little sea ice in the Arctic in fall has been associated with cold winters in Europe. A new study signals little reason to prepare for frosty nights and heavy snow, despite less than normal ice in the north.

When the last ice age was over, a large glacier covering the 1000 meter deep Hardangerfjord collapsed. These events at the end of the ice age in Norway, resemble what we are about to witness in today’s Greenland.

The jet stream is a highway for cyclones, while the sea ice edge has been thought to be a fuel station. Erica Madonnas new study shows that the fuel for cyclones is not simply linked to the ice edge.

You have very likely heard about the Gulf Stream. The Iceland-Faroe Slope Jet, you have never heard of. This current is the newest one on the map.

Exceptionally large export of sea ice through the 1300 might have triggered the onset of the Little Ice Age. Such abnormal behaviour might happen "out of the blue" from internal variability within the climate system, Martin Miles and colleagues suggests in a new study. 


Unormalt store mengder sjøis i drift sørover i byrjinga av 1300-tallet kan ha satt i gang den vesle istida, og viser eit nytt studie. Tilfeldige og spontane klimaendringar kan vere grunnen til at det kom så mykje is – som igjen sette i gang mange hundre år med kulde i Europa.