Department of Earth Science

GEO embodies research and research based education - within central geological and geophysical diciplines, specifically marine geoscience, petroleum, climate and earth quake-seismology. The research is conducted on land and sea all over the globe.

The department has more than 110 research positions and 34 technical/administrative positions. Our employees are from more than 30 different countries.

Studies in Earth Science


Information for international applicants to the Master's Programme in Earth Science



EPOS Kick-off meeting 4-5 February 2016

Epos Kick-off meeting 4-5 February 2016

Nordic Geoscientist Award

Nordic Geoscientist Award is granted to Rolf Birger Pedersen

The Nordic Geoscientist Award 2016 is granted to Professor Rolf Birger Pedersen


FRAM-2014/15 - Mission completed!

After one year drifting across in the Artic Ocean, professor Yngve Kristoffersen, arrived in Longyearbyen, 22 August, 2015.


The Arctic is getting wetter

In the last few winters, the airport in Longyearbyen in Svalbard was often closed because of rain. One of the major issues climate researchers deal with is how precipitation changes as the temperatures are rising all over the Arctic.

Both ERC Starting Grant and BFS-scholarship

Nele Meckler at Geo has recently (2015) been awarded ERC Starting Grant from EU and Scholarship from Bergen Research Foundation recruitment. Read more here.

Bjarte Hannisdal is granted BFS-scholarship in 2013. Read more here.

Nicola McLoughlin is granted BFS-scholarship in 2010. Read more here.

Our Research

My PhD project focuses on the character, the failure pattern and possible triggering mechanisms of mass movements and involves interpretation and analyses of 2D and 3D seismic data, bathymetric records and sediment cores
Benjamin Bellwald