"We have some work ahead of us, but that's normal"
The concept of living in warmer times is not only a hot global topic for scientists working in the here and now, but also for those who deal with the past. Leading paleoscientists convened at the University of Bern from 5-7 April to share knowledge and start a contribution to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report.
10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference, 21-25 August 2017, Interlaken, Switzerland
The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research and the Division of Climate and Environmental Physics organized the 10th anniversary International Carbon Dioxide Conference.
Honorary doctorate awarded to Thomas Stocker
The ETH Rector awarded an honorary doctorate to well-known climate researcher Thomas Stocker "for his seminal research into climate systems and climate change, honouring a key figure in climate science". "Stocker, who led the IPCC’s Working Group I from 2008 until 2015, is not merely an expert at linking together various aspects of research; he also sees it as his responsibility to build bridges between climate research, decision-makers and the general population", as the ETH Zurich writes.
Pinhole technology to search for the oldest ice
Few people in the world have had as much experience with drilling ice cores as Bernese physicist Jakob Schwander. He is now working on the development of ultra-light drilling equipment to be used to search for 1.5 million-year-old ice in Antarctica. Last summer, the new technology proved itself in Greenland.
CEP researchers again among Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers in 2016
Hubertus Fischer, Fortunat Joos and Thomas Stocker of Climate and Environmental Physics are again among the very few Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers in 2016, a list that Thomson Reuters compiles annually.
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch a major Antarctic expedition
The Swiss Polar Institute with participation of the University of Bern will study the Earth’s poles and extreme environments. Its first project is ambitious: an international scientific expedition, comprising 55 researchers from 30 countries working on 22 research projects, will circumnavigate Antarctica.
Thomas Stocker elected as honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Prof. Thomas Stocker was elected as new foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
More greenhouse gases from the sea
The ocean surrounding Antarctica, which oceanographers often refer to as the Southern Ocean, plays an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate evolution. It absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere on one hand, but releases natural carbon as well. How will this buffer work in the future? Will the Southern Ocean continue to help reduce greenhouse gases, or will it increasingly serve as a source of them? At the Oeschger Centre, several climate research teams are searching for answers.
Timely action needed to meet climate targets
The Paris Agreement of the UN climate change conference is deemed a historic step for climate protection, but its success depends on rapid implementations. The consequences of delaying global CO2 emission reductions for the climate and the world oceans are assessed in a new study by climate physicists from the University of Bern.
Together with climate physicist Thomas Stocker, Patrik Pfister from the Oeschger Centre has carried out a study quantifying the consequences of delaying global emission reductions. The study has now been published in the open access journal "Environmental Research Letters".
Patrik L. Pfister and Thomas F. Stocker: Earth System commitments due to delayed mitigation, Environmental Research Letters, 21. Januar 2016, 11 014010, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/014010
University of Bern joins european network for CO2-research (ICOS-ERIC)
The European Commission has officially established the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS-ERIC), a new pan‐European environmental research infrastructure, which aims to provide long‐term carbon and greenhouse gas observations across the Europe. University of Bern participates with observations from the Jungfraujoch observatory.
“The IPCC chair should first of all be a scientist with a broad perspective”
On 5 October delegates from 195 countries will elect the new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Dubrovnik, Croatia. One of the five candidates for this most important job in climate science is Thomas Stocker. He is a professor for Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern and a member of the Oeschger Centre. In an interview he talks about his election campaign and his plans for the future of IPCC.
Climate scientist is awarded cutting edge research grant by the European Research Council
Climate Physicist Hubertus Fischer was awarded a grant of 2.26 Million Euro by the European Research Council for research on polar ice cores. This is the climate physicist’s second project funded by one of the prestigious “ERC Advanced Grants”, illustrating the internationally top ranking ice and climate research at the Oeschger Centre.
IPCC: Die Schweiz schlägt Thomas Stocker als Präsidenten des Weltklimarats vor
Der Bundesrat hat beschlossen, Professor Thomas Stocker von der Universität Bern als Kandidaten für den Vorsitz des Weltklimarats IPCC vorzuschlagen. Die Amtszeit des derzeitigen Präsidenten Rajendra Pachauri endet demnächst. Im Oktober 2015 werden die Mitglieder des IPCC seine Nachfolgerin oder seinen Nachfolger wählen.
New documentary about "Camp3" ice core drilling expedition to Greenland 1967
In 1967 Hans Oeschger led a small ice core drilling expedition to Greenland. The short documentary Camp 3 provides an insight into these adventurous pioneering days of polar research at the University of Bern (in German).