Curriculum Vitae[1]

Professor Øyvind Breivik


Senior Scientist, Norwegian Meteorological Institute &
Professor II, University of Bergen
Allégaten 70, NO-5007 Bergen, Norway

ORCID Author ID: 0000-0002-2900-8458
Mobile telephone: +47-91102707


Scientific motivation

My scientific work is motivated by the potential of observing systems and numerical models of the atmosphere, the ocean, and the oceanic wave field to improve safety and to reduce the environmental impact of human activities at sea.

Past positions
Current projects and research interests
General scientific experience, international collaboration and past projects
Technical experience
Field experience
Teaching and supervision
Peer-reviewed publications

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  1. Aarnes, OJ, S Abdalla, JR Bidlot and Ø Breivik (2015). Marine wind and wave height trends at different ERA-Interim forecast ranges, J Climate, 28, 819-837, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00470.1
  2. Aarnes, OJ, Ø Breivik and M Reistad (2012). Wave Extremes in the Northeast Atlantic, J Climate, 25, 1529-1543, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00132.1, doi:10/bvbr7k
  3. Aarnes, OJ, M Reistad, Ø Breivik, E Bitner-Gregersen, LI Eide, O Gramstad, AK Magnusson, B Natvig and E Vanem (2017). Projected changes in significant wave height towards the end of the 21st century: Northeast Atlantic, J Geophys Res: Oceans, 122, 10 pp, doi:10.1002/2016JC012521
  4. Alari, V, J Staneva, Ø Breivik, J Bidlot, K Mogensen and PAEM Janssen (2016): Surface wave effects on water temperature in the Baltic Sea: simulations with the coupled NEMO-WAM model, Ocean Dyn, 66, 917-930, doi:10.1007/s10236-016-0963-x
  5. Barrick, D, V Fernandez, M Ferrer, C Whelan and Ø Breivik (2012). A Short-Term Predictive System for Surface Currents from a Rapidly Deployed Coastal HF Radar Network, Ocean Dyn, Special Issue on Advances in Search and Rescue At Sea, 62, 725-740, doi:10/fzrs6r, pdf
  6. Bitner-Gregersen, E M, E Vanem, O Gramstad, T Hørte, O Aarnes, M Reistad, Ø Breivik, AK Magnusson and B Natvig (2018). Climate Change and Safe Design of Ship Structures, Ocean Engng, 149, 226-237, doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.12.023
  7. Breivik, Ø and OJ Aarnes (2017). Efficient Bootstrap Estimates for Tail Statistics, Nat Hazards Earth Syst Sci, 17, 357-366, doi:10.5194/nhess-17-357-2017
  8. Breivik, Ø, OJ Aarnes, S Abdalla, J-R Bidlot and PAEM Janssen (2014b). Wind and Wave Extremes over the World Oceans from Very Large Ensembles, Geophys Res Lett, 41, 5122-5131, doi:10.1002/2014GL060997, arXiv:1407.5581
  9. Breivik, Ø, O J Aarnes, J-R Bidlot, A Carrasco and Ø Saetra (2013b). Wave Extremes in the North East Atlantic from Ensemble Forecasts, J Climate, 26(19), pp 7525-7540, doi:10/mpf, arXiv:1304.1354
  10. Breivik, Ø, and A Allen (2008). An operational search and rescue model for the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, J Marine Syst, 69(1-2), 99-113, doi:10/d8n4fj, arXiv:1111.1101
  11. Breivik, Ø, A Allen, C Maisondieu and M Olagnon (2013a). Advances in Search and Rescue at Sea, Ocean Dyn, 63(1), pp 83-88, Editorial for Special issue on Advances in Search and Rescue at Sea, doi:10/jtx, arXiv:1211.0805
  12. Breivik, Ø, A Allen, C Maisondieu and J C Roth (2011). Wind-induced drift of objects at sea: the leeway field method, Appl Ocean Res, 33(2), pp 100-109, doi:10/dnzz98, arXiv:1111.0750
  13. Breivik, Ø, A Allen, C Maisondieu, J C Roth and B Forest (2012a). The Leeway of Shipping Containers at Different Immersion Levels, Ocean Dyn, Special Issue on Advances in Search and Rescue At Sea, 62(5), 741-752, doi:10/fzw885, arXiv:1201.0603
  14. Breivik, Ø, J-H Alves, D Greenslade, K Horsburgh and V Swail (2017). The 14th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the 5th Coastal Hazards Symposium, Ocean Dyn, 6 pp. Editorial of the Special issue following The 14th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the 5th Coastal Hazards Symposium, Key West, Florida, USA, 67, 551-556, doi:10.1007/s10236-017-1033-8
  15. Breivik, Ø, T C Bekkvik, A Ommundsen and C Wettre (2012b). BAKTRAK: Backtracking drifting objects using an iterative algorithm with a forward trajectory model, Ocean Dyn, 62(2), 239-252, doi:10/dqvsft, arXiv:1111.0756
  16. Breivik, Ø, J-R Bidlot and PAEM Janssen (2016). A Stokes drift approximation based on the Phillips spectrum, Ocean Modell, 100, 49-56, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.01.005, arXiv:1601.08092
  17. Breivik, Ø, Y Gusdal, B R Furevik, O J Aarnes and M Reistad (2009). Nearshore wave forecasting and hindcasting by dynamical and statistical downscaling, J Marine Syst, 78, pp S235-S243, doi:10/cbgwqd, arXiv:1206.3055
  18. Breivik, Ø, PAEM Janssen and J-R Bidlot (2014a). Approximate Stokes Drift Profiles in Deep Water, J Phys Oceanogr, 44, 2433-2445, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-14-0020.1, arXiv:1406.5039
  19. Breivik, Ø, K Mogensen, J-R Bidlot, MA Balmaseda and PAEM Janssen (2015b). Surface Wave Effects in the NEMO Ocean Model: Forced and Coupled Experiments, J Geophys Res: Oceans, 120, 2973-2992, doi:10.1002/2014JC010565, arXiv:1503.07677
  20. Breivik, Ø and Ø Saetra (2001). Real time assimilation of HF radar currents into a coastal ocean model, J Marine Syst, 28(3–4), 161–182, doi:10/fj7bfh, arXiv:1209.6467
  21. Breivik, Ø, V Swail, A Babanin and K Horsburgh (2015a). The International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the Coastal Hazards Symposium, Ocean Dyn, 65, 761-771. Editorial of the Special issue following The 13th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the 4th Coastal Hazards Symposium, Banff, Canada, October 2013, doi:10.1007/s10236-015-0827-9, arXiv:1503.00847
  22. Cavaleri, L, S Abdalla, A Benetazzo, L Bertotti, J-R Bidlot, Ø Breivik, S Carniel, R Jensen, J Portilla, E Rogers, A Roland, A Sanchez-Arcilla, J Smith, J Staneva, G van Vledder and A van Westhuijsen (2018). Wave modelling in coastal and inner seas, To appear in Progress in Oceanography, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2018.03.010
  23. Christensen, KH, A Carrasco, J-R Bidlot, and Ø Breivik (2017): The "shallow-waterness" of the wave climate in European coastal regions, Ocean Sci., doi:10.5194/os-13-589-2017
  24. Christensen, KH, J Röhrs, B Ward, I Fer, G Broström, Ø Saetra and Ø Breivik (2013). Surface wave measurements using a ship-mounted ultrasonic altimeter, doi:10/nt8, Methods in Oceanography, 6, 15 pp
  25. Dagestad, K-F, J Röhrs, Ø Breivik and B Ådlandsvik (2018). OpenDrift v1.0: a generic framework for trajectory modeling, Geosci Model Dev., 11(4), pp 1405-1420, doi:10.5194/gmd-11-1405-2018
  26. Davidson, FJM, A Allen, G B Brassington, B, Ø Breivik, P Daniel, M Kamachi, S Sato, B King, F Lefevre, M Sutton and H Kaneko (2009). Applications of GODAE ocean current forecasts to search and rescue and ship routing, Oceanography, 22(3), 176-181, doi:10/fhhk9p
  27. Eide, MS, Ø Endresen, OW Brude, PO Brett, Ø Breivik, IH Ellingsen, K Røang and J Hauge (2007). Prevention of oil spill from shipping by Modelling of Dynamic Risk, Mar Poll Bull, 54, 1619-1633, doi:10/d3qbg6
  28. Essen, H-H, Ø Breivik, H Günther, K-W Gurgel, J Johannessen, H Klein, T Schlick, and M Stawarz (2003). Comparison of remotely measured and modelled currents in coastal areas of Norway and Spain, Journal of Atmospheric & Ocean Science, 9(1-2), 39-64, doi:10/frxvs2
  29. Esters, L, Ø Breivik, S Landwehr, A ten Doeschate, G Sutherland, KH Christensen, J-R Bidlot, and B. Ward (2018). Turbulence Scaling Comparisons in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer, J Geophys Res: Oceans, doi:10.1002/2017JC013525 
  30. Føre, I, J Kristjánsson, Ø Saetra, Ø Breivik, B Røsting, and M Shapiro (2011). The full life cycle of a polar low over the Norwegian Sea probed by three research aircraft flights, Q J Roy Meteor Soc, 137, 1659-1673, doi:10/dfnp6x
  31. Gramstad, O, E Bitner-Gregersen, Ø Breivik, AK Magnusson, M Reistad and OJ Aarnes (2018). Analysis of Rogue Waves in North-Sea In-Situ Surface Wave Data, accepted for publication in Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  32. Günther, H, KW Gurgel, Ø Breivik, J Guddal, LR Wyatt and JC Nieto Borge (2001). EuroROSE: a project to support shipping in port approaches, Proceedings of the IGARSS’01 Conference, 5, 2474–2476, doi:10/cgczm9
  33. Hackett, B, Ø Breivik, and C Wettre (2006). Forecasting the drift of things in the oceans. In Ocean Weather Forecasting: An Integrated View of Oceanography, Kluwer, 589 pp, E. Chassignet, J Verron (eds), ISBN 978-1-4020-3981-2, doi:10/dm5tpm
  34. Johannessen J, L Pettersson, T Eldevik, D Durand, G Evensen, N Winther and Ø Breivik (2006). Coastal Physical and Biochemical Processes (Chapter 6) in The Manual of Remote Sensing, 3rd edition, vol. 6: Remote Sensing of the marine Environment, James F.R. Gower (ed), American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISBN 1570830800
  35. Jones, C, K-F Dagestad, Ø Breivik, B Holt, J Röhrs, K Christensen, M Espeseth, C Brekke and S Skrunes (2016). Measurement and Modeling of Oil Slick Transport, J Geophys Res: Oceans, 121, 7759-7775, doi:10.1002/2016JC012113
  36. Li, Q, B Fox-Kemper, Ø Breivik and A Webb (2017). Statistical Models of Global Langmuir Mixing, Ocean Modell, 113, 95-114, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.03.016
  37. Maisondieu, C, Ø Breivik, JC Roth, A Allen, B Forest and M Pavec (2010). Methods for improvement of drift forecast models, Proceedings Of The Asme 29th International Conference On Ocean, Offshore And Arctic Engineering, 2010, 4(4), 127-133, doi:10/crhf2s
  38. Reistad, M, Ø Breivik, H Haakenstad, OJ Aarnes, B R Furevik, and J-R Bidlot (2011). A high-resolution hindcast of wind and waves for the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea, J Geophys Res: Oceans, 116, C05019, doi:10/fmnr2m, arXiv:1111.0770
  39. Röhrs, J, AK Sperrevik, KH Christensen, G Broström and Ø Breivik (2015). Comparison of HF radar measurements with Eulerian and Lagrangian surface currents, Ocean Dyn, 65, 679-690, doi:10.1007/s10236-015-0828-8
  40. Scanlon, B, Ø Breivik, J-R Bidlot, PAEM Janssen, AH Callaghan and B Ward (2016). Modelling whitecap fraction with a wave model, J Phys Oceanogr, 46, 887–894, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0158.1
  41. Schemm, S, A Nummelin, N G Kvamstø and Ø Breivik (2017). The Ocean Version of the Lagrangian Analysis Tool LAGRANTO, J Atm Ocean Tech, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0198.1
  42. Semedo, A, R Vettor, Ø Breivik, A Sterl, M Reistad, CG Soares and DCA Lima (2015). The Wind sea and Swell Waves Climate in the Nordic Seas, Ocean Dyn, 65, 223-240, doi:10.1007/s10236-014-0788-4
  43. Staneva, J, V Alari, Ø Breivik, J-R Bidlot and K Mogensen (2017). Effects of wave-induced forcings on a circulation model of the North Sea, Ocean Dyn, 67, 81-101, doi:10.1007/s10236-016-1009-0
  44. Van den Bremer, T and Ø Breivik (2018). Stokes drift, Phil Trans R Soc Lond A, 376, 23 pp, doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0104
  45. Whelan, C, A Kjelaas, D Barrick, P Lilleboe, V Fernandez, A Martirena, Ø Breivik and B Hackett (2010). Rapid deployable HF radar for Norwegian Emergency Spill Operations, Proceedings of IEEE Oceans ’10, 3 pp, doi:10/dzk9wb, pdf
Reports and non-refereed papers
  1. Allen, A, J-C Roth, C Maisondieu, Ø Breivik and B Forest (2010). Field Determination of the Leeway of Drifting Objects, report no 17/2010, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 43 pp,
  2. Barthel, K and Ø Breivik (1998). A Physical Scatterometer Model Function with Input from a Wave Model, ECAWOM final report, Meteorological Report Series 2-98, ISBN 82-90569-66-1, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
  3. Breivik, Ø (1994). Global Ocean Circulation with and without Seasonal Variation, Cand Scient thesis (equivalent to M.Sc thesis, Norwegian title: Global havsirkulasjon med og utan årstider), Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
  4. Breivik, Ø (1998). Sea State Modulation of Radar Measurements, Dr Scient thesis, Meteorological Report Series, 4-98, ISBN 82-90569-69-6, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
  5. Breivik, Ø, OJ Aarnes, S Abdalla and J-R Bidlot (2013d). Wind and Wave Extremes over the World Oceans From Very Large Forecast Ensembles, in Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting, Banff, Canada, October 2013, 8 pp, arXiv:1310.0943
  6. Breivik, Ø, M Alonso-Balmaseda, J-R Bidlot, P Janssen, S Keeley, K Mogensen (2013c). Closer together: coupling the wave and ocean models, Newsletter 135, pp 6-7, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  7. Breivik Ø, K-F Dagestad, M W Hansen and J A Johannessen (2009). An assessment of HF radar current measurements in Norwegian waters, report no 8/2009, 24 pp, Norwegian Meteorological Institute,
  8. Breivik Ø, PAEM Janssen and J-R Bidlot (2013). Approximate Stokes Drift Profiles in Deep Water, ECMWF Technical Memorandum 716, 18 pp
  9. Breivik, Ø, and M Olagnon, eds (2005). Proceedings of Technologies for Search, Assistance, and Rescue workshop, Brest, France, 18-20 Oct. 2004. Available from IFREMER on CD-ROM
  10. Breivik, Ø, and M Olagnon, eds (2007). Proceedings of Technologies for Search, Assistance, and Rescue workshop, Brest, France, 18-20 Oct. 2006. Available from IFREMER on DVD-ROM
  11. Breivik, Ø, and M Olagnon, eds (2009). Proceedings of Technologies for Search, Assistance, and Rescue workshop, Brest, France, 15-17 Oct. 2008. Available from IFREMER on DVD-ROM
  12. Christensen, K, Ø Breivik, T Gammelsrød, A Hoguane, NBF da Silva, B Nelson, T Taskjelle and MV Poio (2013). Waves and dangerous currents at Xai-Xai Beach, Mozambique, report no 17/2013, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 24 pp,
  13. Haakenstad, H, M Reistad, J Haugen and Ø Breivik (2012). Update of the NORA10 hindcast archive for 2011 and a study of polar low cases with the WRF model, The Norwegian Meteorological Institute, report 17/2012, 69 pp
  14. Hewson, T, L Magnusson, O Breivik, F Prates, I Tsonevsky, H de Vries (2014). Windstorms in northwest Europe in late 2013, Newsletter 139, pp 22-28, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  15. Janssen, PAEM, Ø Breivik, K Mogensen, F Vitart, M Balmaseda, JR Bidlot, S Keeley, M Leutbecher, L Magnusson and F Molteni (2013). Air-Sea Interaction and Surface Waves, ECMWF Technical Memorandum 712, 36 pp
  16. Kjelaas, A, C Whelan, P Lilleboe, V Fernandez Lopez and Ø Breivik (2011). Rapid deployable HF Radar for oil spill response. Final report, Norwegian Clean Seas Association (NOFO) Oil Spill Response 2010 Technology Development Program
  17. Kvamme, D, Ø Breivik, M Reistad (2016). A comparison of HiGEM storms and historical storm events in the North Sea, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Report 03/2016
  18. Magnusson AK, M Reistad, Ø Breivik, R Myklebust and E Ash (2006). Forecasting a 100-year wave event, in Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and Coastal Hazard Symposium, Victoria, BC, Canada
  19. Magnusson AK, JC Johannessen, K-F Dagestad, Ø Breivik, OJ Aarnes and BR Furevik (2008). WACUSAR final report, Norwegian Space Centre, Contract JOP.09.07.3
  20. Maisondieu C, Ø Breivik, A Allen, J-C Roth and M Pavec (2009). Field Work for assessment of the leeway of drifting objects, 4th LAPCOD meeting, 7-11 September 2009, La Londe-les-Maures, France
  21. Reistad, M, Ø Breivik and H Haakenstad (2007). A High-Resolution Hindcast Study for the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, in Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and Coastal Hazard Symposium, Oahu, Hawaii, November 2007, 13 pp,
  22. Reistad, M, Ø Breivik, H Haakenstad, OJ Aarnes, BR Furevik (2009). A high-resolution hindcast of wind and waves for The North Sea, The Norwegian Sea and The Barents Sea, report no 14/2009, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 76 pp,
  23. Reistad, M, Ø Breivik and F Dinessen (2011). Ice, icing and temperature conditions around Svalbard, report no 6/2011, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 82 pp,
  24. Reistad, M, H Haakenstad, BR Furevik, JE Haugen, Ø Breivik and OJ Aarnes (2015). Validation of the Norwegian wind and wave hindcast - NORA10, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Report 28/2015
  25. Semedo, A, R Vettor, Ø Breivik, A Sterl, M Reistad and CG Soares (2013). Wind Sea and Swell Waves in the Nordic Seas, in Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting, Banff, Canada, October 2013, 15 pp
Popular science and newspaper articles
  1. Breivik, Ø (2016): Havvarslinga på Vestlandet, Kronikk, Bergens Tidende, 2016-12-04 (In Norwegian) 
  2. Strand, K, Ø Breivik, J Albretsen, FB Vikebø and S Sundby (2017). Lofottorskevarselet: Enkelte rognbyger i Vestfjorden (In Norwegian), Naturen,
Submitted papers

Last edited 2018-06-15.

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