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The Deep Sea - Earth's last frontier

The deep sea has been a mysterious place for the longest time, but we have made it our mission to reveal the unknown!

We are not only scientists - we are explorers.

The Centre for Deep Sea Research was established in 2021 as a result of a generous contribution from the Trond Mohn Foundation. The center carries on the competences from the former Center for Geobiology (2007-2017) and K. G. Jebsen Center for Deep Sea Research (2017-2021). The centre aims at being a leading international institution and pioneer of deep ocean research. Our research activities focus on the coupling between geological and biological processes in volcanic, hydrothermal and sedimentary environments in the deep sea. As well, we investigate biological diversity in these environments, and actively participate in the discovery of new mineral and biological ressources in the deep seas. The center is constituted of researchers from a broad range of disciplines working tightly together to understand the complex deep sea environments and reach our objectives.

Nordic Geoscientist Award
Rolf Birger Pedersen med 2016 prisen foran seg som han vant under nordisk vinterkonferansen i Finland

Nordic Geoscientist Award is granted to Rolf Birger Pedersen

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

The Owl Prize 2022
Bilde av Pinar Heggernes prorektor UiB, på Realfag UiB sin HMS-dag på VilVite 1.12.22. - overrekkelse av Ugleprisen til Bjarte Hannisdal og utdanningen i GEOV114

The Owl Prize was awarded to Bjarte Hannisdal

The Owl Prize, UiB's internal award for educational quality, is awarded to Bjarte Hannisdal and the course GEOV114.

NEW PUBLICATION IN NATURE COMMUNICATIONS
View from the research vessel Kronprins Haakon, overlooking a white sheet of ice with the sun just over the horizon in the center of the photo.

First hydrothermal vents found on Gakkel Ridge may help in search for life’s origins

An international team of researchers, including Eoghan P. Reeves of the Department of Earth Science and Centre for Deep Sea Research, has this week in Nature Communications published its first findings on the geological and geochemical setting of the Aurora hydrothermal vent system, the first...

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Fieldwork on an ancient seafloor

While the majority of the Centre for Deep Sea researchers have gone out to the Norwegian Sea this summer to study seafloor processes and hydrothermal vents, Desiree Roerdink flew to the other side of the world to do exactly the same thing – in rocks that are more than three billion years old.