Department of Earth Science
Master's projects GEO

Examples of Master's projects at GEO

At this webpage you will find several examples of project descriptions that can be outlines for Master's theses at GEO.

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The Master's programme in Earth Sciences has been divided into four different research topics, all derived from our four main research groups. Our projects are listed according to these reserach themes: Geodynamics and basin studies, Geochemistry and geobiology, Geophysics and Qauternary geology and paleoclimate.

How do I find a project to work on? 

Use the menu below. Consult the projects description, and decide on which research theme you are interested in, and to some extent, which project you prefer. Do also consult the listed courses for each project - does the courses match you background?

Contact the listed supervisor to learn more. In some cases, supervisors get contacted by several students. We will try our best to facilitate that all students get to write their thesis on a preferred topic, but we need you to keep in mind that each supervisor has a limited capasity of undertaking master's students. All students that are granted admission to our program will be allocated a project and a supervisor within the first couple of weeks after semester start. 

In rare cases with more interested students on a project than the capasity allows, we will have to range the interested students by grades. This is only applicable in rare situations, and we strive to find solutions together with our students. 

If none of the listed projects seem to suit you, it is also possible to design your own Master's project together with one of our supervisors from our academic staff. In this case, we ask you to contact interesting superviros to pitch your idea. For more information about this process, or guidance to wich supervisor to contact, please reach our to the programme coordinator (Emilie Randeberg). 

We also reccomend you to visit the webpage for each of our research groups (link in menu below), to consult which projects has been given earlier to master's students. Many of our research themes are still highly relevant and can be reformed to new projects. 

Which courses should I choose? 

At The Deptartment of Earth Sciences, all courses has an early deadline for sign up (Wednesday week 33 / Wednesday week 2). In 2021, this is set to August 18th. 

All students must by the first copuple of days, within the deadline, consult which courses to sign up for in StudentWeb. External students from outside of UiB may find trouble adding courses in StudentWeb. Consult the Programme Coordinator to open your preferred courses.

Courses relevant for your Master's project can be found in the project description, or by consulting your supervisor, or your preferred research group.

NB!! This process is our top priority during the semester start week, and we strive to help all students through this process!

Master's Projects in Geodynamics and Basin studies

Check out prevous projevts from this group here!

Master's Projects in Geochemistry and geobiology

Check out prevous projects from this group here! 



Experimental investigation of Li-phosphate replacement by apatiteFørsteamenuensis Andreas Beinlich, GEO, UiBFørsteamenuensis Desiree Reoerdink (GEO, UiB), Førsteamenuensis Eoghan Reeves (GEO, UiB)

Master's Projects in Geophysics

Check out previous projects from this group here! 

Possible seismic monitoring of thawing of terrestrial sediments in the Arctic: Rock physics modelling of sediments in Adventdalen, Svalbard.Professor Tor Arne Johansen, GEO, UiBDr. Bent Ole Ruud (GEO, UiB)
Possible seismic monitoring of thawing of terrestrial sediments in the Arctic: Seismic modelling of surface waves in Adventdalen, Svalbard.Professor Tor Arne Johansen, GEO, UiBFørsteamanunensis Einar Iversen (GEO, UiB)
Synergier mellom seismikk og medisinsk ultralydProfessor Morten Jakobsen, GEO, UiBFørsteamanunensis Einar Iversen (GEO, UiB)
Inversion of seismic velocities using drill-bit seismic wavesFørsteamanuensis  Einar Iversen, GEO, UiBDr. Alexander Goertz (OCTIO AS), Endre Vange Bergfjord (OCTIO AS)
Resente og fremtidige endringer i strømsystem og vannutskiftning mellom hav og brakkvann som følge av menneskelige inngrep i et aktivt tidevannssystem, ytre Vestvågøy, LofotenProfessor Tor Arne Johansen, GEO, UiBVigdis Tverberg (Universitetet i Nordland)
Seismiske signaturer av geotermiske reservoarerProfessor Tor Arne Johansen, GEO, UiBDr. Erling Jensen (RPT), Dr. Åsmund Drottning (RPT)
Modeling and Inversion of Multiply Scattered WavesFørsteamanuensis Henk Keers, GEO, UiBFørsteamanuensis  Einar Iversen (GEO, UiB)
Microstructures of carbonate rocks from velocity and attenuation measurements: Implications for CO2 storageProfessor Morten Jakobsen, GEO, UiBProfessor Tor Arne Johansen (GEO, UiB)
Development of a ground motion prediction equation for NorwayFørsteamanuensis Mathilde B. Sørensen, GEO, UiBProfessor Lars Ottemöller (GEO, UiB)
Modelling of controlled-source electromagnetic data using fast integral
equation methods
Professor Morten Jakobsen, GEO, UiBDr. Malte Sommer (GEO, UiB)
Fast integral equation methods for seismic wavefield modelling in complex mediaProfessor Morten Jakobsen, GEO, UiBFørsteamanunensis Einar Iversen, (GEO, UiB)
Local earthquake tomography between Bergen Arcs and Hardangerfjord shear zoneProfessor Lars Ottemöller, GEO, UiBDr. Felix Halpaap (GEO, UiB), Professor Stéphane Rondenay (GEO, UiB)
Fast Ray Tracing and Imaging Using GPUsFørsteamenuensis Henk Keers, GEO, UiBFørsteamanuensis  Einar Iversen (GEO, UiB), Martin Sarajærvi (Schlumberger, Stavanger)
Earthquakes in Southern NorwayProfessor Lars Ottemöller GEO, UiBDr. Felix Halpaap (GEO, UiB)
Seismic Monitoring of CO2 StorageFørsteamenuensis Henk Keers, GEO, UiBDr. Martin Sarajærvi, Schlumberger Stavanger (medveileder)
Global Seismic TomographyFørsteamenuensis Henk Keers, GEO, UiBProf. Dr. Thomas Meier, University of Kiel, Germany (co-supervisor)
Prosessering og tolkning av SVALEX seismikkProfessor Rolf Mjelde, GEO, UiBDr. Bent Ole Ruud (GEO, UiB)

Master's Projects in Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate

Check out previous projects from this group here! 

Reconstructing the climate of the late Holocene using a climate analogues frameworkAssociate Professor Andreas Born, GEO, UiBOdd Helge Otterå (UNI Research), Dmitry Divine (NPI, UiTø)
Coupled climate-ice sheet dynamicsAssociate Professor Andreas Born, GEO, UiBTobias Zolles (OMV), Kerim Nisancioglu (GEO, UiB)
Abrupt climate change in a warm climate: the 8.2 ka eventAssociate Professor Andreas Born, GEO, UiBCamille Li (GFI, UiB), Helga (Kikki) F. Kleiven(GEO, UiB), Chuncheng Guo (UNI Research)
Geometric controls of fjord glacier dynamicsProfessor Kerim H. Nisancioglu, GEO, UiB Dr. Basile de Fleurian (Geo UiB), Henning Åkesson (Stockholm University)
Ice flow as an indicator of ice thicknessDr. Basile de Fleurian, GEO, UiBProfessor Kerim H. Nisancioglu (GEO, UiB), Professor John-Inge Svendsen (GEO, UiB)
Isavsmeltingshistorie og havnivåendringer i munningen av LysefjordenProfessor John Inge Svendsen, GEO, UiBAssociate Professor Kristian Vasskog (Geografi, UiB)
Assessment and understanding of the simulated Last Glacial Maximum climateProfessor Kerim H. Nisancioglu, GEO, UiB Dr. Chuncheng Guo (NORCE Climate)
Etablering av askestratigrafi i innsjøarkiver fra deglasiasjonsperioden i Utsira-Karmøy områdetProfessor Haflidi Haflidason, GEO, UiBProfessor John-Inge Svendsen (GEO, UiB)

Impact of subglacial hydrology on Antarctic glaciers

Dr. Basile de Fleurian, GEO, UiBDr. Petra Langebroek (Uni Research Klima)
Snøskred i en varmere og våtere fremtid - en studie fra de albanske Alper // Avalanches in a warmer wetter future – a case study from the Albanian Alps Dr. Willem van der Bilt, GEO, UiBProfessor Jostein Bakke, GEO, UiB
Role of supraglacial ponds in the mass balance of Tapado Glacier, ChileAssociate Professor Ben Robson, GEO, UiBDr. Shelley MacDonnel, CEAZA, Dr. Willem van der Bilt, GEO, UiB
Regional rock glacier analysis using deep learning and object-based image analysis (OBIA)Associate Professor Ben Robson, GEO, UiBDr. Shelley MacDonnel, CEAZA
Refining geothermal heat flux in Greenland from water isotopes analysis.Dr. Basile de Fleurian, GEO, UiBDr. Hans Christian Steen-Larsen, Geof, UiB, Professor Kerim H. Nisancioglu, GEO, UiB
The future of the Greenland ice sheetDr. Andreas Born, GEO, UiBTobias Zolles, GEO, UiB
Decadal scale volume changes of Folgefonna ice capAssociate Professor Ben Robson, GEO, UiBAssociate Professor Andreas Born, GEO, UiB
Paleoflommer i Glomma / Paleo floods in Glomma River, Eastern NorwayProfessor Jostein Bakke, GEO, UiBDr. Øyvind Paasche (Norce/Bjerknessenteret)
Deltautvikling i Øyern / Delta evolution in Øyeren area, Norway

Professor Jostein Bakke, GEO, UiB

Dr. Øyvind Paasche (Norce/Bjerknessenteret)
Automated interpretation of deep sea imageryAssociate Professor Ben Robson, GEO, UiBAssociate Professor Eoghan Reeves (GEO, UiB)
Mapping and monitoring rock glaciers on the Tibetan PlateauAssociate Professor Ben Robson, GEO, UiBDr. Lin Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
NEW!! Where do the tropics "sit" on the glacial climate see-saw?Førsteamanuensis Nele Meckler, GEO, UiBDr. Yves Krüger, GEO, UiB, MSc. Marit Løland, GEO, UiB
NEW!! Ocean temperatures during the Eocene GreenhouseAssociate Professor Nele Meckler, GEO, UiBDr. Victoria Taylor, Uni. Southampton, MSc. Johanna Marquardt, GEO, UiB