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New Team member

Maren Kjos Karlsen is joining the CSD

Maren Kjos Karlsen is starting her position as a PhD research fellow at the Department of Earth Science. Her work will focus on the seismic activity around injection sites. The project is a part of UiB’s strategic work on climate and energy transition and will be part of the Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurfaces Dynamics.


Maren, welcome to the University of Bergen!

Thank you! I've been at the university for some time, but have just recently returned to the Department of Earth Science to start my PhD.  I am excited to meet all of you at the CSD, and for our upcoming collaborations.

Since most of us don’t know you well, can you tell us a bit about your background?

My background is in geophysics/applied seismology. I finished my master's in 2017 on imaging subduction zones using wave inversion. More recently I’ve been working at the Bjerknes Centre/Geophysical Institute doing data management and developing tools for easier quality assurance and quality control.

Why did you choose to pursue a PhD?

A PhD is something that was in the back of my mind as I completed my studies. I really enjoyed my time working on my master’s thesis, and if the right project came along I knew that I’d enjoy and thrive doing it. In my previous position, I got to work closely with researchers and scientists. I got to see them be passionate about their fields, communicate science, and be at the forefront of new research. It really inspired me to return to my original field; working on solid earth geophysics and to take part in the entire academic process, not just handling data.

Your PhD project is related to seismic activity, can you tell us a bit more about it?

In my PhD we will be developing a baseline Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment model for Norway, and a site-specific hazard model for a planned CO2 storage site, incorporating potential changes due to CO2 storage. We wish to evaluate the potential risk caused by earthquakes induced by CO2 injection and storage. Particularly the risk that these earthquakes may pose to society, including environmental, human, and economic consequences.