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Our Partner: Western Bulk

Western Bulk is one of Climate Futures’ partners in the Smart Shipping node. We talked with Egil Husby, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Western Bulk, to learn more about the company and what they hope to get out of the cooperation with Climate Futures.  About Western Bulk  In short, Western Bulk transports commodities at …

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5 Questions with Ole Wulff

“5 questions” is a series that gives you as a reader some insight into the people in and around Climate Futures. In this edition, we are joined by Ole Wulff who recently started as a postdoc.  Could  you  tell  us  a bit  about  your  background?  I would broadly describe myself as a climate physicist by …

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How do we create forecasts?

The commonly used forecast typically predicts the weather from today up to 10 days ahead. This is the forecast you see on the news or check on yr.no before you head out the door. In the context of climate change, on the other hand, one usually work with periods of a hundred years and compare …

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Master’s Thesis from NHH: Estimating Weather Margin Seasonality in Shipping Using Machine Learning

Climate Futures has several partners, one of them being the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In the spring of 2021, the leader of the Smart Shipping node, Roar Ådland, supervised a master thesis that investigated the seasonality in weather dependent shipping fuel costs titled “Estimating weather margin seasonality in shipping using machine learning”. Shipping companies …

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Feature: Put a Price on the Ocean’s Resources

On Tuesday, Klassekampen published a feature written by, among others, Øyvind Paasche and Kristine Grimsrud from Climate Futures. The feature addresses an important topic that needs to be discussed regarding the climate, namely the price of natural resources – more specifically: the ocean. The authors point to a possible national accounting system for the ocean …

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Climate Futures Predicts an Increased Probability for a Mild September in Norway

More precise seasonal forecasts for climate and weather exposed sectors in Norway are being developed by the research centre Climate Futures. The first forecast for the fall points to a mild September for large parts of the country.  By: Andreas R. Graven, NORCE ResearchEnglish version: Kristine Skarsvåg After a generally sunny and warm summer without …

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The 2020 annual report is now online

Climate Futures Annual report 2020

The Climate Futures 2020 annual report is now published online as an interactive document. In it, you’ll find a short description of the 2020 activities, but since the centre was in the lanuching phase, the focus is first and foremost on presenting the centre and the visions of what is to come. You can have …

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The Importance of Early Forecasts

By: Kristine Skarsvåg The flooding across Western Europe this summer has been devastating. Several lives were lost, and many more suffered the damages that the extreme rainfall caused. How come so many were taken by surprise by the flood? Could we not have foreseen this disaster? Actually, it was predicted several days ahead. Specia (2021) writes in …

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From Weather Apps to Seasonal Forecasting: Why User Feedback is Key to Successful Climate Services

By: Kristine Skarsvåg This article was originally written for the CONFER project, a multinational project to strengthen the resilience to climate induced effects, and risk management in East Africa. The project is coordinated by NORCE, and similarly to Climate Futures, they focus on water, energy and food security. Communication between users and researchers is important …

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