New publication in SCIENCE journal

This week, former GEO PhD student and PostDoc, Dr. Zhiyuan (‘Keny’) Ge (now at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing), published with GEO co-authors Nemec and Gawthorpe a paper in Science Advances. Congratulations! You can find the paper here:

Ge, Z., Nemec, W., Vellinga, A.J. & Gawthorpe, R.L. (2022). How is a turbidite actually deposited? Science Advances, 8 (3), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abl9124. The article can be viewed online: or as pdf here.

Keny worked with Nemec, Gawthorpe, Rotevatn and others while here, and still has ongoing collaborations with GEO researcher and we look forward to seeing more exciting papers come out of this work.

Konstanze Haubner

Hi GEO ! I just started as a researcher in Andreas Born’s team (part of Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimate) and will be working within the KeyClim project and in close collaboration with Heiko Goelzer (at NORCE) on coupling the ice sheet model CISM to NorESM and evaluate these simulations. The Greenland ice sheet is a big player within the Northern climate. The question for me is “Can we improve our projections by including changing ice masses into Earth system models and what’s the impact/consequences of doing so?”

I have a background in applied mathematics and did my PhD at Copenhagen University and GEUS (Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark) in ice sheet modeling studying the Greenland glacier Upernavik. Before coming here, I worked at the ULB in Brussels on coupling ice sheet models to regional atmosphere and ocean models around the South Pole.

I am very excited to be back in Scandinavia and working in such a diverse research environment. You can find me on the third floor in office 3118b.

Vivian Stegen Jacobsen – New HR Collegue

«Hei alle sammen! Jeg har jobbet på HR-avdelingen ved mat.nat siden februar 2021. Jeg begynte først i et vikariat som primærkontakt for Matematisk institutt, før jeg fikk fast stilling i desember. Jeg har nå byttet over og blitt HR primærkontakt for Institutt for geovitenskap 😊

Jeg har en mastergrad i Human Resource Management fra Copenhagen Business School, og en bachelorgrad i markedsføring (med HR som fordypningsfag) fra BI Bergen.

På fritiden er jeg glad i å gå fjellturer og danser West Coast Swing.

På grunn av tiltak tilknyttet pandemien, er jeg ikke så mye på kontoret for tiden.

Men dere er velkomne innom kontoret mitt med rom nummer 1G1c (MNfakultet HR og Økonomi) etter hvert som vi går mot mindre restriksjoner.

Jeg ser veldig frem til å bli primærkontakt for GEO og gleder meg til å bli bedre kjent med dere 😊»

New funded project

EcoSafe is newly funded project led by UiB-BIO (Pedro Ribeiro) and in which GEO (Ingunn Thorseth and Thibaut Barreyre) is a partner and Work Package leader. EcoSafe’s primary objective is to predict the environmental impacts and risks of projected mining activities on Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge areas under Norwegian jurisdiction. The project aims at using a multidisciplinary approach to provide the knowledge base required to develop environmental-friendly industrial practices and regulatory frameworks for sustainable deep-sea mining operations. The key sub-objectives are:
(1) to provide an environmental baseline for the different biological communities present at potential mining areas, through comprehensively mapping of their distribution, diversity and abundance;
(2) to determine the likelihood of mining activities impacting distinct habitat types;
(3) to assess recolonization potential by estimating connectivity along the ridge;
(4) to quantify the toxic impacts of SMS plumes on benthic community structure and function, through laboratory and in-situ experiments;
(5) to quantify the dispersal extent of mining plumes using field observations and numerical modelling;
(6) to establish and further develop a framework for environmental risk assessment of industrial ridge mining activities.
GEO leads the Work Package on Plume Dynamics and Dispersal addressing the sub-objective (5). Read more here.

Podcast: UiB-studenter stiller klimaforskere spørsmål!

I samarbeid med det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet har UiB-studenter stilt klimaspørsmål til bergensforskere om matematikk, geovitenskap, energi, fysikk og havbruk. Resultatet er fem lunsjpodcaster hvor du får svar på klimaspørsmålene du lurte på, og kanskje noen du ikke visste du lurte på!

Hva har matematikk med klima å gjøre, og hva er klimarisiko? Forsker ved Bjerknessenteret og NORCE Marie Pontoppidan blir spurt ut av matematikkstudent Johanne Holmøy. Les mer og hør på podcast her.

Congrats, dr Kristian Jensen

Kristian Jensen successfully defended his thesis Wednesday 15 th December on: “Seismic modelling and deconvolution of prestack depth migrated images through ray-based Point-Spread Functions“.

We congratulate the freshly minted doctor! 🙂

The opponents were Professor Hervé Chauris, MINES Paris Tech, France, and Assosiate Professor Alison Malcolm, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, The Internal member of the committee was  Professor Stéphane Rondenay, GEO and the disputation was led by Professor Harald Walderhaug.

The doctoral project has been supervised by Professor Isabelle Lecomte and Professor Einar Iversen, GEO, professor Leif-Jacob Gelius, Institutt for geofag, UiO, Dr. Tina Kaschwich, NORSAR, and Professor Børge Arntsen, Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum, NTNU.

New funded Centre – Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Resources (CSSR)

The Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Resources (CSSR) is a new centre funded by NFR that aims to develop knowledge and technology applicable to the Norwegian continental shelf as we face a more sustainable future – a future that will including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, electrification, and CO2 and hydrogen storage.  The centre is led by NORCE with UiB as a major partner, together with a range of international institutions, industry and technology providers.  Within UiB, GEO, Maths and Physics and Technology are the main departments involved in the centre.

CSSR will undertake subsurface-focused research that enables responsible and efficient management of remaining Norwegian petroleum resources and facilitates future CO2 and hydrogen storage.  It will combine new geological and petrophysical knowledge, advanced multi-physics models and retooled digital work methods to collaboratively tackle the broader challenges related to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  CSSR will run for eight years and has a strong educational component, supporting over ten PhDs/postdocs as well as a number of researchers.

The Centre is built around seven work packages that address knowledge needs related to subsurface understanding, digital reservoir management, sustainable re-use of depleted fields and data/workflow integration.  GEO’s input is mainly in the centre’s Work Packages 1 and 2 which focus on increased sub-surface understanding of sedimentological and structural heterogeneity and their impact on fluid flow and in H2/CO2 storage.  Rob Gawthorpe, Atle Rotevatn and Casey Nixon from GEO are involved in the centre which will fund several PhDs and a researcher over the first 5 years of operation.

GEO has been engaged in subsurface petroleum-related research for several decades, In the future, cutting-edge subsurface research will be behind CO2 and hydrogen storage – research on geology and energy in the subsurface is therefore more important than ever. CSSR has precisely this as its focus, and will give a powerful boost to research that will take us from the petroleum age into a new era.

Ny evaluering av norsk forskning og høyere utdanning

Fagene biovitenskap, naturvitenskap, matematikk, teknologi, medisin og helse er først ut når Forskningsrådet setter i gang en ny runde med evaluering av norsk forskning.

Å evaluere norsk forskning er en del av vedtektene til Forskningsrådet. Forrige runde med fagevalueringer startet opp i 2011 og avsluttes i år med evalueringen av rettsvitenskapelig forskning, som lanseres 25. november. Samtidig starter vi nå opp en ny evalueringsrunde.  Les mer fra NFR her.