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Visualization of operational Permafrost data.

Oslo, Norway

Project description

MET Norway – Norwegian Meteorological Institute


Number of PermaIntern internships: 1


The Norwegian Meteorological Institute forecasts weather, monitors the climate and conducts research. Since the institute was established in 1866, Norwegian meteorologists have significantly contributed to the development of the discipline, solidifying the institute’s position as a leading international centre of expertise. Today, we continue our commitment to excellence by developing and providing a wide range of essential services. We play a crucial role in ensuring the safe arrival of rescue helicopters and preparing emergency planning agencies for extreme weather events and other dangerous weather situations. Our comprehensive research efforts produce valuable climate data that can be used, among other things, to project the future climate of our country. We have an open data policy, allowing unrestricted access to our materials for the benefit of society. Notably, Yr.no has become an integral part of daily planning for individuals both within our country and abroad. Common to all our work is our primary goal of helping to protect life and property.


Developing new products for visualising permafrost data

1 student

The cryosphere web portal, maintained by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway) and accessible at https://cryo.met.no, provides access to the latest operational data and the current state of sea ice, snow, and permafrost across Norway, the Arctic, and the Antarctic. The newest addition to this portal is the operational permafrost monitoring at MET Norway. Here, the latest real-time permafrost temperatures are compared to the climatology derived from the station's data record. This operational monitoring provides information faster than ever before, potentially assisting in the early detection of, e.g. record high active layer thickness and pronounced permafrost temperature increases. It may also become an important cornerstone of early warning systems for natural hazards linked to permafrost warming and degradation. Currently, data are manually submitted to the international Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost and are scheduled for integration with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) operational services through the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch.


We want to further develop this service and create new products for visualising permafrost data on cryo.met.no.


During the internship, you will be involved in tasks related to the entire value chain of permafrost monitoring at MET, from observations made at the automatic stations to the final products available on cryo.met.no. You will be assigned tasks related to both programming and the development of new products, from the idea stage to publication on cryo.met.no. You will gain insight into our operational data flow and the use of permafrost data in research. It may also be possible to spend a few days at one or two of our permafrost stations.

Qualities we are looking for include one or more of the following:

  • Initiative and the ability to work independently

  • Background in Earth sciences

  • Experience in handling data

  • Numerical understanding and programming skills


The following will be emphasized when offering the internship:

  • CV and academic transcript

  • Previous work experience and academic background

  • Personal qualities, as described in the application letter

  • Motivation for applying

  • We reserve the right to conduct interviews with the highest-priority candidates.


Startup: February – April 2024 (flexible)

Duration: 4-8 weeks full time engagement

This internship is open for students at the master (MSc) level from any Nordic University.


Contact Information: For questions regarding the internship, please contact either Senior Researcher Ketil Isaksen (ketili@met.no, Division for Model and Climate Analysis) or Researcher Julia Lutz (julial@met.no, Division for Model and Climate Analysis)


For questions regarding the application, registration, and PermaIntern, please contact Robin B. Zweigel, robinbz@uio.no

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