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Workshop on Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction

12.04.2011 - 14.04.2011



Bergen, Norway, 12-14 April 2010

 A research workshop will be held in Bergen on the subject of atmosphere-ocean interaction, including physical processes at the sea surface and within the adjacent boundary layers, and their consequences at a regional scale, at high latitudes in particular.  Knowledge of atmosphere-ocean interaction processes is necessary for a proper understanding of the global heat balance, the spatial distribution and time evolution of greenhouse gases, and for the design and deployment of floating structures such as ships, offshore petroleum equipment, and wind and wave turbines.

The workshop is organized by the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, and funded by the Research Council of Norway under the project "Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction" and the Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics.  The workshop will be held at the Hotel Augustin in the centre of Bergen. 

Project Leader, "Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction": Professor Peter M. Haugan

Leader, Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics: Professor Tore Furevik

Workshop organizer: Dr. Alastair D. Jenkins, Dr. Anders Sirevaag


Topics covered and preliminary programme:

The workshop will cover the physics of the ocean surface and the adjacent atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers, including surface waves, turbulent fluxes of momentum, heat, and mass, heat and mass transport at a regional scale, observations and the interpretation of measurements of and in the sea surface and the boundary layers, relevant numerical modelling studies, and appropriate practical applications which may include ocean engineering and marine ecology.

Workshop sessions (preliminary):



Practical arrangements

There will be no fees for workshop participants and lunch all three days and a workshop dinner on 13 April will be covered by the organizer. Participants will have to cover their own travel and subsistence expenses: however some financial support will be provided to PhD candidates who are members of the Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics.

There are a limited number of rooms reserved for us at the Augustin Hotel at a reduced price of NOK 845/1045 (single/double) if booked by 1 April 2010 (Use 498950 or Geophysical Institute as a reference when booking rooms).  Participants are asked to book rooms directly with the hotel (phone +47-55 30 40 00, e-mail or use their online booking at Also, most other hotels in the city centre are within walking distance from Hotel Augustin.

Online registration: /form.aspx?fid=22

The maximum number of participants is 30: please register as soon as possible. Deadline for registration is 15 March 2010.

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