In August 2015, a group of researchers from the CEED Earth Crisis group went to Kamchatka to collect samples from the recent eruption of the volcano Tolbachik. An interesting finding was the presence of salt deposits, which can provide key information on the composition and chemistry of salts and metals in the volatile phase.
This year 15 students participated in the Masters-level course “A Changing Arctic” which blends social, legal, geopolitical and natural science topics. The students brought a diverse range of backgrounds including law, industry, chemistry, politics, oceanography, geophysics and societal studies, and came from several European nations as well as Russia, Mexico and China. In addition to lectures by UiO staff, several guest lecturers were invited from industry and research institutions around Norway, plus Alaska and Copenhagen.
My interest in the deep, cold far North might seem an interesting arena of study for an Aussie but such is the international domain of geosciences – research takes you places, and not just for interesting conferences!