Friday, 7 May 2010

Looking for extreme waves


Having dodged the ash clouds I have arrived in Bergen in search of extreme waves. 

First stop is the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, founded in 1866 by Norwegian astronomer and meteorologist Henrik Mohn. Here I am to meet with meteorologists, oceanographers and mathematicians – experts in forecasting the weather and sea conditions. Watching sky and sea using data collected by direct observations from land via weather stations, as well as from laser equipment on and even below the sea, and by satellite, they provide meteorological observations and issues warnings. Over the next few days I hope to discover the complexities of predicting such extreme phenomena.