Summer course in the high north

The PhD course "Arctic tectonics, volcanism and climate" was held early August in the high north. The intensive week-long course held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, brought together 15 students and 11 lecturers from 9 universities around the world. The course was funded through the DEEP Research School and the NOR-R-AM project, and UNIS.

Diabasodden: Course participants during the field excursion in Sassenfjorden.

Diabasodden: Course participants during the field excursion in Sassenfjorden.

Photo: Grace Shephard

The one week intensive program included lectures, student presentations, survival suit training, and visits to the UNIS CO2 storage site and the drill core storage in Endalen. The participants were also lucky enough to run into the Norwegian royal family on several occasions around Longyearbyen township.

A highlight of the program was the field excursion to Diabasodden in Sassenfjorden lead by Kim Senger. The participants could examine and sample a suite of dolerite intrusions, and observe the unique landscape and Wildlife in the field.

CEEDs PhD student and DEEP scholarship holder for the course, Eivind Straume, put together the fantastic video below from the excursion to Diabasodden.

It is likely that the program will be run again in 2019, with an extended 5-week course as part of the UNIS program, and partly NOR-R-AM funding.

NOR-R-AM is funded for the period 2017-2019 under the INTPART call from the Norwegian Research Council (Norges Forskningsråd) and SIU – The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The project is lead by CEED’s Director, Carmen Gaina, and aims to facilitate education and collaboration between Norway-Russia-North America (NOR-R-AM)

Svalbard Reindeer with glaciers in the background; an estimated 60% of Svalbard is covered in ice. Photo: Grace Shephard


Published Aug. 17, 2018 1:49 PM - Last modified Aug. 17, 2018 1:49 PM