Launch of the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme

  On Tuesday 28 April, Edvard Hviding participated in the virtual launch of the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) at the United Nations. The programme is funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) for 2021-2024, and is a partnership between the University of Bergen in Norway and Read More …

All I want for Christmas is an ocean-climate nexus: Reflections from COP25 in Madrid

In this post, anthropologist Dr. Camilla Borrevik offers some insights into events and developments that took place at COP25 in Madrid (December 2019), with special attention to the connection between ocean and climate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Hopes were high ahead of the United Nations (UN) climate talks at the Read More …

Annual ANZORA conference in Lublin, Poland

Dr. Joanna Siekiera sums up this year’s annual Australia, New Zealand, Oceania Research Association (ANZORA) conference in Lublin, Poland.     On 13 December 2019, I organized the annual conference for the Australia, New Zealand, Oceania Research Association (ANZORA) in Lublin. This was the 11th edition of the ANZORA national conference, which gathers Polish scientists Read More …

OceanStates participates at Norad seminar “Ocean management: opportunities, challenges and experience”

OceanStates postdoctoral fellow Dr. Camilla Borrevik shares observations and insights from the seminar Ocean management: opportunities, challenges and experience, which took place in Oslo this October.   On 22 October 2019, I participated in the seminar “Ocean management: opportunities, challenges and experience” in Oslo, Norway. The seminar was organised by the Norwegian Agency for Development Read More …

What can Norway learn from OceanStates? (And vice versa)

In this post, Matthew Simpson draws attention to sea-level rise projections for the Norwegian coastline and offers some thoughts on how Norwegian scenarios might contribute to – and benefit from – research in the OceanStates project. What sea level information do we need to plan for the future? That’s a really big question. But it Read More …

Islands on the Move? Glimpses of loss and damage from Solomon Islands

Written by Edvard Hviding and Camilla Borrevik. Prior to the UNFCCC COP23 climate change conference held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017 (and hosted by Fiji as COP23 Presidency), new research from Australian ocean and climate scientists showed that in Solomon Islands, rates of sea level rise up to three times the global average, coupled Read More …

Why is the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) important for Pacific Island countries?

Written by Sunil Kumar Pariyar and Noel Keenlyside, this post offers a closer look at central drivers of weather and climate patterns and their ties to extreme weather events in the Pacific Islands region. On April 13, 2015, tropical cyclone PAM hit Vanuatu (a Pacific Island country) with a devastating speed of 250km/hour. This category Read More …

The Language of Ocean Governance: An Anthropological View of a Global Village

In this post, anthropologist Jennifer Telesca takes a deep-dive into the intricacies of the United Nations as a field research site, and how high-level global negotiations over the world’s High Seas and their resources can be understood through an anthropological lens. First in 1958, then in 1982, the United Nations Convention on the Law of Read More …

OceanStates at Bergen Summer Research School

Over the last couple of weeks, the University of Bergen has hosted the Bergen Summer Research School, bringing together PhD students and junior researchers from a wide range of disciplines and countries. The focus for this year’s summer school was how scientists and academics can make their research have an impact on policy making relating Read More …