Ellen Viste




Research groups


I am a communication adviser at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Previously I did research on:

  • Rainfall and droughts in Ethiopia
  • Precipitation in the Indian monsoon region
  • Moisture transport analysis with the Lagrangian trajectory model FLEXPART
  • Snow in the Himalayas


This contains only articles in English, for a complete list, see my Norwegian page. Articles in English written for the Bjerknes Centre are found here.

Ellen Viste (2015): Picking spruce for the Sahel. Translated from an essay in the newspaper Aftenposten (in Norwegian).

Ellen Viste (2015): Chasing the strongest winds.


This contains only talks in English, for a complete list, see my Norwegian page. 

The weather in Bergen: Could it be worse? 
Presentation for the INN Club at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, February 2016.

The weather in Bergen: How bad is it really? 
Event for international students and employees at the UiB, September 2015.
Content: Why does it rain, why does it rain som much in Norway, how does this compare to other places in the world, and does the year 2015 differ from previous years? And some words about the author Ludvig Holberg's vies of the rain in Bergent.

At the multidisciplinary symposium The Rising Ocean: The Pacific Islands and Global Climate Change, May 2015, a multidisciplinary symposium in connection with the dance performance Moana: The Rising of the Sea, May 2015.
Content: Precipitation in the Pacific, using William Somerset Maughams' short-story Rain as a frame.




Spring 2010 and 2012: GEOF120 - Meteorology
Bergen Summer Research School 2016: Climate change and water

Popular scientific article
Website (informational material)
Other presentation
Programme management
Academic article
Academic lecture
Popular scientific lecture
Reader opinion piece
Doctoral dissertation
Programme participation
Book review
Article in business/trade/industry journal
Popular scientific chapter/article
Popular scientific book
Feature article

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.


S. Gleixner, N. Keenlyside, T. Demissie og E. Viste (2017): Seasonal predictability of Kiremt rainfall in CGCMsEnv. Res. Let., DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa8cfa

M. Årthun, T. Eldevik, E. Viste, H. Drange, T. Furevik, H.L. Johnson og N. Keenlyside (2017): Skillful prediction of northern climate provided by the oceanNature Comm. 8, 15875. doi:10.1038/ncomms15875

S. GleixnerN. KeenlysideE. Viste og D. Korecha (2016): The El Niño effect on Ethiopian rainfallClimate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3421-z.

M.d.S. MesquitaV. VeldoreL. LiR. KrishnanY. OrsoliniR. SenanM.V.S. Ramarao og E. Viste (2016): Forecasting India's water futureEos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO049099.

E. Viste og A. Sorteberg (2015): Snowfall in the Himalayas: an uncertain
future from a little-known past. The Cryosphere, 9, 1147-1167.

E. Viste, D. Korecha and A. Sorteberg (2012): Recent drought and precipitation tendencies in Ethiopia. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-012-0746-3. 

E. Viste and A. Sorteberg (2012): The effect of moisture transport variability on Ethiopian summer precipitation. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3566.

E. Viste and A. Sorteberg (2011): Moisture transport into the Ethiopian highlands. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3409.


E. Viste (2012): Moisture transport and precipitation in Ethiopia. PhD thesis, University of Bergen.

E. Viste (1998): Nedbørfordeling og akkumulasjon på Brøggerhalvøya, Spitsbergen (Distribution and accumulation of precipitation on Brøggerhalvøya, Spitsbergen; in Norwegian). MSc thesis, University of Bergen and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).



  • 2023: Litterær journalistikk og narrativ sakprosa. Mastergradskurs, 10 ECTS, OsloMet.
  • 2020: Science and the media: Challenges for journalism. Mastergradskurs, 10 ECTS, OsloMet.
  • 2018: Fagforfatterstudiet. Årsstudium i sakprosa, OsloMet.
  • 2012: Ph.d. i meteorologi, Universitetet i Bergen, med avhandlingen Moisture transport and precipitation in Ethiopia.
  • 1998: Hovedfag i meteorologi, Universitetet i Bergen og Universitetssenteret på Svalbard (UNIS), med avhandlingen Nedbørfordeling og akkumulasjon på Brøggerhalvøya, Spitsbergen.


  • 2017–d.d.: Rådgiver, Bjerknessenteret for klimaforskning.
  • 2011–2016: Forsker/postdoktor, Geofysisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen.
  • 2007–2011: Doktorgradsstipendiat, Geofysisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen.
  • 1999–2007: Meteorolog og forretningsutvikler, Storm Weather Center (nå StormGeo).

Populærvitenskapelige prosjekter

Helt siden studietiden har jeg skrevet om vær og klima, både i jobbsammenheng og på fritiden. Se Formidling for en oversikt.