Department of Earth Science

Geology students on a field course in Utah. The main focus of this field course is sedimentology and structural geology.

Department of Earth Science (GEO)'s overall goal is to develop new knowledge of the Earth's structure, formation history and the driving forces for its dynamic behavior. 

The research activities at the department of Earth Science (GEO) are concentrated in thematic groups; GeodPhysics, Geodynamics and Basin Reservoic, Geochemistry & Geobiology, and Quaternary geology and Paleo Climate.

Education: The Department of Earth Science offers education in several fields within Geoscience and the different programs varies from 2 to 8 years of duration. 


K.G.Jebsen-centre for deep sea research             Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research              SapienCE            ARCEx

iEarth                GEOVITEN


    Moss fossils on Svalbard
    Our field vessel (Arctica II), docked near the study site

    Ice-free conditions on Spitsbergen during the Last Glacial Maximum

    During the coldest years of the last ice-age the ice cap reached the British Isles and Polen. New research has revealed that an ice-free green spot existed further north - on a penisula close to Spitsbergen.

    Expedition with Kronprins Haakon
    Eoghan Reeves i isen

    Studying vents below the Arctic ice

    An international and multidisciplinary team of 36 scientists and engineers, with the assistance of the officers and crew of the vessel, conducted a multidisciplinary investigation of deep (4000 m) hydrothermal vents under permanent ice cover in the Arctic.

    Geofaredagen 2019
    Flom, ødelagt vei

    Geological hazards - exciting subjects at upcoming conference

    The national conference GEOFAREDAGEN ("GEO HAZARDS DAY") gathers the current and future geoscientists; Students, educators and people working on risks associated with natural and geological processes.

    OBS Expedition

    Deep down in the Arctic - OBS Expedition 2019

    Our guest student from Italy has made this video from the OBS Cruise last summer

    Trond Mohn Foundation recruitment (TMS-scholarship)

    Steffen Leth Jørgensen is granted BFS-scholarship in 2016. Read more here.

    Andreas Born is granted BFS-scholarship in 2016. Read more here.

    Nele Meckler is granted BFS-scholarship in 2015. 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.

    European Research Council (ERC) 

    Nele Meckler is awarded ERC Starting Grant from EU in 2015. Read more here.

    Eystein Jansen and Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu is awarded ERC Synergi Grant (2014-2019). Read more here.