Intensive course on Arctic tectonics, volcanism and climate at Svalbard

August 3 - 10 2018 the Norwegian research school DEEP offers an intensive course on Arctic tectonics, volcanism and climate in Svalbard. Carmen Gaina (CEED), Kim Senger (UNIS), Owen Anfinson (Sonoma State), Andrew Schaeffer (U.Ottawa) and Danny Stockli (U.Texas) are among the lecturers.

Photograph of the basal stack of lava flows in the Siberian Traps

Understanding circum-Arctic evolution from multiple datasets and perspectives. Photo: Grace Shephard

Course content

This course addresses the diverse geological history of the Arctic region, including both onshore and offshore regions from Paleozoic to recent times. It will focus on the interplay of plate tectonics and volcanism (including, arc, rifting and plume-related) and explore some of the outstanding region-by-region case studies/questions within the Arctic research community. Based in the gateway to the Arctic, Svalbard, the course will be complemented by a field trip.

Learning outcomes: The students will gain specialized insight into the circum-Arctic’s evolution including:

  • Linking onshore and offshore geological processes
  • Changes throughout the Palaeozoic and Phanerozoic
  • Understanding major volcanic events, magmatic systems, and climatic consequences
  • Plate tectonic events and visualize reconstructions using modern software
  • Relationship between surface and deeper mantle structure and dynamics
  • Insights into methodologies (e.g. geochronology, geophysics) and data acquisition in the Arctic
  • Regional focus on Svalbard geology and CO2 storage system through a field trip

Time and place

The course is taught intensively at the UNIS at Svalbard 3 - 10 August 2018. You will receive literature to prepare in advance and get approximately one month to finish a home exam after the lecture week.

Course program and lecturers

Preliminary course schedule.(pdf)

This course is mainly organised by young scientists, and a special thanks goes to Grace Shephard (CEED) and Kim Senger (UNIS) for their contributions and effort in arranging the course.

The course will be taught by researchers and international collaborators, including Carmen Gaina, Grace Shephard, Morgan Jones, Lars Eivind Augland, Alexander Minakov, (CEED, UiO), Kim Senger (UNIS), Bernie Coakley (U.F.Alaska), Owen Anfinson (Sonoma State), Andrew Schaeffer (U.Ottawa), Danny Stockli (U.Texas).

Course flyer (pdf)


Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a relevant PhD or Masters program
  • have had previous courses in introductory geology and further specialization in structural geology or sedimentology or volcanology or geophysics

Admission criteria

  • Maximum 15 students
  • 50% from DEEP members, priority will then be given to NOR-R-AM partners, then to other students
  • PhD students given priority
  • Ranking (for DEEP and all students) will be based on their motivational letter, relevance of Masters or PhD project to Arctic geology, and then based on grades if required

Application process

Application form is now closed as the deadline for applying was Mon 23 April.

If you have questions, please contact

Special topics lecture series

The intensive course is part of the research school DEEPs special topics series. For more detailed information on course regulations, see: GEO-DEEP9500 - Special Topics on Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth and Planets

This intensive PhD course on Arctic tectonics, volcanism and climate at Svalbard is organised in collaboration with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and NOR-R-AM. NOR-R-AM is a Norwegian-Russian-North American collaboration in Arctic research and education across several world-leading institutes.

Published Mar. 19, 2018 2:23 PM - Last modified May 23, 2018 4:38 PM