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KU researcher with bad climate news won the Danish Research Result of the Year

28 April 2017

Gary Shaffer, Professor Emeritus at the Niels Bohr Institute, and Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen from DTU have made the year’s most important scientific discovery, according to the users of Videnskab.dk.

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The Villum Foundation invests 80 MDKK in the dark universe and climate change

20 March 2017

Niels Bohr Institute Professors Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Centre for Ice and Climate and Jens Hjorth, Dark Cosmology Centre, have obtained a grant of nearly 40 million Danish crowns each, from the new Villum Investigator program.

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Christine Hvidberg new Head of Studies

08 December 2016

Christine Schøtt Hvidberg, associate professor of geophysics in Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute, has been appointed as the new head of studies. She replaces Lise Arleth, who has been the head of studies since 2012.

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Tracking the amount of sea ice from the Greenland ice sheet

27 September 2016

Tracking the amount of sea ice from the Greenland ice sheetBy analysing ice cores drilled from deep inside the Greenland ice sheet, researchers have started to calculate how much Arctic sea ice there was in the past. The results have just published in the research journal Scientific

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Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels

19 September 2016

Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels New research shows that human pollution of the atmosphere with acid is now almost back to the level that it was before the pollution started with industrialisation in the 1930s. The results come from studies of the Greenland

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Researchers unravel process for the formation of rainstorms

29 August 2016

Researchers unravel process for the formation of rainstorms Violent thunderstorms can often cause torrential rain, which poses a threat for both humans and the infrastructure. Until now such extreme weather phenomena have been very poorly understood.

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Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer

27 June 2016

Future global warming will not only depend on the amount of emissions from man-made greenhouse gasses, but will also depend on the sensitivity of the climate system and response to feedback mechanisms.

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Site on Mars named after Mars researcher Jens Martin Knudsen

07 June 2016

The Danish Mars researcher Jens Martin Knudsen has had an area on Mars named after him. The site has been named Knudsen Ridge and has a very beautiful location by Endeavour Crater near the equator.

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Insulating layer of air above the Greenland ice sheet reduces precipitation

29 April 2016

Isolerende luftlag over Grønlands iskappe mindsker nedbørThe Earth’s climate has been warming, but even though the Greenland ice sheet is melting rapidly in the coastal regions, there are large parts of the ice sheet where there has hardly been any melting on the surface.

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Climate variations analysed 5 million years back in time

16 March 2016

When we talk about climate change today, we have to recognise the natural variations to be able to distinguish them from the human-induced changes. Researchers from the NBI have analysed the natural climate variations over

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Very high silicon content surprises Mars researchers

17 December 2015

Very high silicon content surprises Mars researchers New results from the Mars rover Curosity show that some rocks in Gale Crater have a high content of the element silicon. Since the accumulation of silica typically require a combination of both heat and water, this place might once

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The past shows how abrupt climate shifts affect Earth

09 November 2015

New research shows how past abrupt climatic changes in the North Atlantic propagated globally. The study, led by researchers from The Niels Bohr Institute, shows how interaction between heat transport in the ocean and the...

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The Greenland ice sheet contains nutrients from precipitation

04 November 2015

The Greenland ice sheet contains nutrients from precipitationNew research shows that the ice sheet on Greenland contains the nutrient phosphorus, which was carried by the atmosphere across the country, where it fell with precipitation. This new knowledge is important for...

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Volcanic eruptions are important for world climate

08 July 2015

Volcanic eruptions are important for world climate Large volcanic eruptions release huge clouds of ash and acid into the atmosphere. These clouds spread across the globe and block out the Sun, resulting in a colder climate for decades afterwards. Climate researchers have known

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Risk of major sea level rise in Northern Europe

18 June 2015

Risk of major sea level rise in Northern EuropeGlobal warming leads to the ice sheets on land melting and flowing into the sea, which consequently rises. New calculations by researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute show that the sea level in Northern Europe may rise more than

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New Greenland ice core drilled through the Renland ice cap

17 June 2015

New Greenland ice core drilled through the Renland ice capAn international research team led by the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have drilled an ice core through the ice cap on the Renland peninsula in the Scoresbysund fjord in Eastern Greenland in record time.

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Research station moved nearly 500 km across the Greenland ice sheet

28 May 2015

The entire research station NEEM has been moved 465 km across the Greenland ice sheet on skis to the new camp EGRIP, where there will be a future international drilling camp and a gateway to research programmes in East

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Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water

07 April 2015

Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water Mars has distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes in both the southern and northern hemispheres. A thick layer of dust covers the glaciers, so they appear as surface of the ground, but radar

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A.P. Møller Foundation donates 25 million kroner to ice core research

20 March 2015

Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, head of the Centre for Ice and Climate at NBIhas received a grant of 25 million kroner from the A.P. Møller Foundation for a major new research project in Greenland.

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Jérôme Chappellaz receives the Niels Bohr Institute’s Medal of Honour

26 November 2014

Jérôme Chappellaz receives the Niels Bohr Institute’s Medal of HonourJérôme Chappellaz is a glaciologist and the director of LGGE in Grenoble, France. He researches ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland and analyses the atmospheric composition in order to reconstruct past natural climate variations compared to the

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Rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenario

13 October 2014

Rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenarioThe climate is getting warmer, the ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising – but how much?  Now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and their colleagues have calculated the risk for a worst-case scenario. The results indicate that

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Peter Ditlevsen receives EU grant to research abrupt climate change

11 September 2014

Peter Ditlevsen receives EU grant to research abrupt climate changeThe EU has allocated four million Euros (29.7 million kroner) to an international network of researchers who will try to understand critical changes in complex dynamic systems in nature, in technology and in society

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Past temperature in Greenland adjusted

04 September 2014

During a period of several thousand years up until the last ice age ended approximately 12,000 years ago, the climate pattern in Greenland did not fit and this was a mystery to researchers. Now researchers from the Niels Bohr

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FNU grants to Biophysics and Oceanography

25 June 2014

FNU grants to Biophysics and OceanographyTwo professors at the Niels Bohr Institute, Mogens Høgh Jensen, Professor of Biophysics, and Markus Jochum, Professor of Oceanography, have both received a grant of 2.4 million kroner from FNU

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Dorthe Dahl-Jensen receives European Agassiz Medal

08 May 2014

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen receives European Agassiz MedalProfessor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, head of the Centre for Ice and Climate at NBI, has been awarded the Louis Agassiz Medal by the EGU (European Geoscience Union). She is receiving the medal for her outstanding scientific contributions in glaciology and...

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Klaus Mosegaard new professor of geophysics - again

30 April 2014

Klaus Mosegaard new professor of geophysics - againKlaus Mosegaard is a geophysicist and researches the Earth’s internal processes and the geological structure of the subsurface using mathematical modeling. Now he is back at the Niels Bohr Institute as professor and head of the research group...

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Mars research receives FNU grant

13 February 2014

Mars research receives FNU grant Morten Bo Madsen, who leads the Mars Group in Astrophysics and Science at the Niels Bohr Institute, has received a grant of just over 3.8 million kroner from FNU, the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences.

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Rounded stones on Mars evidence of flowing water

30 May 2013

Observations by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have revealed areas with gravel and pebbles that are characteristic of a former riverbed. Researchers, including members of the Niels Bohr Institute, have analysed their...

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Today's global warming follows more than 1000 years of colder climates

22 April 2013

A new international study of past climate shows that the global temperature was getting colder and colder for more than 1000 years until the year 1900, after which global warming raised the temperature significantly in just...

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More hurricane surges in the future

18 March 2013

How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute show that there will be a tenfold increase

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Greenland ice cores reveal warm climate of the past

22 January 2013

New research from the NEEM ice core drilling project in Greenland shows that the warm Eemian period - 130,000 and 115,000 years ago was warmer than previously thought.

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Massive volcanic eruption puts past climate and people in perspective

05 November 2012

The largest volcanic eruption on Earth in the past millions of years took place in Indonesia 74,000 years ago and researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute can now link the colossal eruption with the global climate

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Turbulent flows in 2D can be calculated in new model

23 October 2012

Turbulent flows have challenged researchers for centuries. It is impossible to predict chaotic weather more than a week in advance. Now, however, researchers from NBI have succeeded in developing a

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Tropical cyclones are occurring more frequently than before

16 October 2012

Are there more tropical cyclones now than in the past? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute clearly shows that there is an increasing tendency for cyclones when the climate is warmer

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Methane emissions can be traced back to Roman times

03 October 2012

Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere can be traced back thousands of years in the Greenland ice sheet. The results go all the way back to Roman times and up to the present

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The Mars rover Curiosity finds an old riverbed on Mars

01 October 2012

The rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars on the 6th of August, has found deposits formed in the Martian past by a fast moving stream of water with a depth between ankle and hip height

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Mars's dramatic climate variations are driven by the Sun

06 September 2012

Researchers from NBI have related the layers in the ice cap on Mars’s north pole to variations in solar insolation on Mars, thus established the first dated climate history for Mars

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Warming and melting on top of the Greenland ice sheet

03 August 2012

On top of the approximately 3 km thick ice sheet in Greenland the temperature is normally around minus 10-15 degrees C in the summer. This year, researchers from NBI observed temperatures above zero

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Rise in temperatures and CO2 follow each other closely in climate change

23 July 2012

Rise in temperatures and CO2 follow each other closely in climate change New research from the Niels Bohr Institute indicates that, contrary to previous opinion, the rise in temperature and the rise in the atmospheric CO2 follow each other closely in terms of time.

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Billions in savings in health costs through reduced air pollution

14 November 2011

Billions in savings in health costs through reduced air pollution Air pollution causes people to get sick, and illness costs society money. A report from CEEH shows that there would be significant savings for society in a fossil free Denmark, around 2-3 billion kroner annually through 2030

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Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years

18 October 2011

Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute are part of a team that has calculated the long-term outlook for rising sea levels in relation to the emission of greenhouse gases and pollution of the atmosphere using climate models.

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NEEM ice core drilling in Greenland provides comprehensive new results

06 October 2011

NEEM ice core drilling in Greenland provides comprehensive new results The drilling through the ice sheet at NEEM (77 N, 51V) was completed in August and now scientists can begin to review whether the drilling was a success. 14 nations participated in the scientific work at NEEM.

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Large variations in Arctic sea ice

05 August 2011

Large variations in Arctic sea iceFor the last 10,000 years, summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has been far from constant. For several thousand years, there was much less sea ice in The Arctic Ocean – probably less than half of current amounts.

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Dramatic climate change is unpredictable

30 August 2010

Dramatic climate change is unpredictableThe fear that global temperature can change very quickly and cause dramatic climate changes that may have a disastrous impact on many countries and populations is great around the world. But what causes climate change...

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Carbon sequestration: Boon or burden

27 June 2010

Carbon sequestration: Boon or burdenThe idea to sequester carbon is gaining support as a way to avoid global warming. For example, the European Union plans to invest billions of Euros within the next ten years to develop carbon capture and storage whereby CO2 will be...

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The Earth and Moon formed later than previously thought

07 June 2010

The Earth and Moon formed later than previously thoughtThe Earth and Moon were created as the result of a giant collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus. Until now it was thought to have happened when the solar system was 30 million years old...

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Studies agree on a 1 meter rise in sea levels

13 April 2010

Studies agree on a 1 meter rise in sea levelsNew research from several international research groups, including the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen provides independent consensus that IPCC predictions of less than a half a meter rise in sea levels is...

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