In media

News and In media articles where researchers from the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo have contributed. The list is not exhaustive and postings are only for 'In media' articles in English.

VEGA – Oslo Pix 2022: Olivier Galland, researcher on volcanoes and geologist at the University of Oslo, on stage at VEGA where he introduces the film about Katia and Maurice Krafft and their important work in research into and dangers of volcanic eruptions. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot
Published Sep. 9, 2022 3:12 PM

The French couple Krafft lived and died for a deeper understanding of the mysteries of volcanoes. The documentary Fire of Love describes their life and work. At the film display in Cinema Vega on 1 September at Oslo Pix, Olivier Galland, researcher at the Department of Geosciences, was invited to introduce the film to the audience.

Photo taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Perseverance in the Jezero crater, April 17. The rover is searching for signs of life, but will also collect minerals and dust that will be examined when they are transported back to Earth. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS
Published May 10, 2022 10:42 AM

A collection of minerals and mineral descriptions – The Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library (PTAL) will help scientists understand the surface of Mars. The resource is now ready for ESA's next Mars rover mission (probably postponed until 2028), and is physically located at UiO. The PTAL project is led by Professor Stephanie Werner, who was recently interviewed by

Photo of vikings agriculture taken from the living history setting of Fotevikens Museum in Sweden. Photo: Fährtenleser/Wikimedia
Published Sep. 8, 2021 11:15 AM

Farming practices of the Vikings and their ancestors could provide inspiration for resilient food systems today. A new study from the VIKINGS project, GEO, UiO exploring how Scandinavian societies adapted their agricultural activities in a period of European history marked by stark climate fluctuations. Read about their study in 'News by AGU'.

A crater after a collapsed mud volcano in Azerbaijan. Photo: Petr Brož, CAS
Published June 10, 2020 4:57 PM

Several cone-shaped formations and lava-like flows on the surface of Mars have puzzled scientists over years. An European research team, suggests that the formations may be after mud volcanoes. Researcher Adriano Mazzini from CEED/GEO has participated in the study, which has got much attention in the international news after the study was published. 

Less traffic in air and on the roads give less pollution to the atmosphere. Illustration:
Published Apr. 22, 2020 12:24 PM

The covid-19 pandemic lockdown gives researchers a window to study how pollution affect the climate. One of the researchers is Trude Storelvmo, Professor of meteorology at Department of Geosciences. Storelvmo has over several years done research on how aerosols and skies affect the climate. Read interview in Scientific American.

Image of an iceflow over the Eastern coast of Greenland taken by a Copernicus Sentinel satellite. Originally the image is taken from an animated picture. Image: Copernicus Sentinel / Iceflow-project/UiO
Published Nov. 19, 2019 4:43 PM

In the news: In early November we could read an article about iceflow in the Artic published on the news section for the ESA webpages. It describes the research carried out in the ICEFLOW project with Bas Altena and Andreas Max Kääb, Dept. of Geosciences. 

More water goes into the globe than what comes out. Illustrationphoto:
Published May 31, 2019 2:41 PM

Doctoral Research Fellow Krister Karlsen at CEED and GEO has received attention for his research on water that is slowly drained into the Earth by subduction. There is more water entering the interior of the Earth than what comes out, but the time horizon is very long. Read interview in the New Scientist.

The eruption of the Russian stratovolcano Sarychev Peak in 2009 seen from the ISS. The eruption transported sulphur gases into the stratosphere. Photo: NASA
Published Jan. 29, 2019 11:14 AM

The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 had a significant impact on climate, decreasing global mean temperature by about 0.5°C. Like the famous eruptions of Krakatau (1883) and Tambora (1815), Pinatubo is located in the tropics, which has been considered an important factor underlying its strong climate forcing. Now researchers find that explosive extratropical eruptions can have a strong impact on the climate as well.

An front of a glacier at Svalbard meet the ocean. Illustration photo:
Published Dec. 1, 2017 3:04 PM

Glaciers are in constant motion forward, but now and then some of them have very fast movements forward - a surge - and loose much of its ice mass in the front. Scientists try to understand the physics and the icemass loss in these movements. Four of University of Oslo's experts in glaciology and remote sensing at Department of Geosciences are now interviewed in an article in the scientific journal Science about claciers and surging events. 

The Langfjordjøkulen in Finnmark has decreased in the recent years. This picture is taken July 16, 2016 where you see the front of the glacier at the end of the valley. The ice tongue has retreated throughout the valley during about a 100 years period. Photo: Jonas Paulsen
Published Aug. 31, 2017 3:00 PM

There are many glaciers in the Norwegian landscape. They are at risk of decline drastically and perhaps disappearing due to a warmer climate. Especially exposed are the glaciers in Northern Norway and the smallest glaciers. Interview with Solveig Havstad Winsvold in the newspaper Morgenbladet in the column 'The doctor answers' in June.

In the National Gallery, Oslo is The Scream exhibited with several other famous paintings of Munch. This version is; Edvard Munch, Skrik, 1893. About the painting. Photo; Gunn Kristin Tjoflot/UiO
Published June 29, 2017 9:02 PM

“Scream”, Edvard Munch’s painting, shows a blood-red sky over the Oslo fjord. “Suddenly the sky became red as blood” - Munch describes this event as scaring. Was it pollution particles from a volcano eruption which caused this red sky? Three Norwegian meteorologists offer an new hypothesis: was it mother-of-pearl clouds Munch saw and painted in 1892.? The article in the journal Weather has got huge media attention.

Typical view of Mauritius beachfront with volcanic mountains in background. The basaltic lavas constituting these mountains formed no older than 9 million years ago. Photo; Susan J. Webb, Prof., University of the Witwatersrand
Published Feb. 2, 2017 10:28 AM

The new article from Trond H. Torsvik et al about Mauritia - the lost continent in the Indean Ocean gets a lot of attention from the press worldwide. Latest is an article in the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, one of Europe's largest publications of its kind.

Himalaya: Markus Engelhardt and the research team taking samples of the glacier during field work on Chhota Shigri Glacier, Western Himalayas, India, in October 2015. Photo: private
Published Apr. 1, 2016 9:46 AM

The American magazine The New Yorker recently followed a research team collecting data from the Chhota Shigri Glacier in India. In the article they followed among others postdoc Markus Engelhardt, Department of Geosciences in his work to check the camp’s weather monitor, which had been planted four months earlier, and recorded temperature, solar radiation, and barometric pressure.  The aim of the study is to find out if and how fast the glacier is melting.

50 meters high: Most glaciers in the world are classic calving glaciers, like the Lilliehöök glacier in Northern Svalbard. Its front is to kilometers wide and almost 50 metres high. Every time it calves, huge roars can be heard across the fjord. The researchers have now examined another type of glaciers that behave very differently. Photo: Yngve Vogt/Apollon
Published Feb. 2, 2016 3:52 PM

Glaciers on Svalbard behave very differently from other glaciers worldwide. They advance massively for some years and then quickly retreat – and then remain quiescent for fifty to a hundred years – before they once again start to advance.  Professor Jon Ove Hagen at Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo is recently interviewed in Apollon about Svalbards pulsating glaciers. The article has got attention by several international research websites.

Published Dec. 1, 2015 12:35 PM

There are many areas with permafrost both in Norway and Iceland, although the two countries have different climate and soil conditions. Models show that land areas with permafrost are about 8% of the total landsurface, but with somewhat smaller percentage for Norway's part. Researchers at the Department of Geosciences have studied permafrost over time both in Norway and Iceland. Professor Bernd Etzelmuller recently has contributed with two articles with status reports for permafrost for Norway and Iceland in the WWWs The Circle.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard: Picture from left; Professor Veijo Pohjola, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Uppsala, Heïdi Sevestre, University of Oslo/The University Centre of Svalbard, Professor Emeritus Nils Roar Sælthun, Professor Neil Glasser, Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Senior Lecturer Dr. Karianne Lilleøren, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. Photo: Inger Lise Næss/UNIS
Published Oct. 28, 2015 4:09 PM

In October deffended Heïdi Sevestre at Department of Geosciences and UNIS her PhD thesis. In her PhD she has investigated the global distribution of surge-type glaciers and uncovered differences in geometry between normal and surge-type glaciers. Read about her research in an article at UNIS webpages.

People get small in the mountaiins on Svalbard. Some of the mountain peaks that the researchers climbed and took samples from it probably the first time it has been people. Photo: Endre Før Gjermundsen
Published Oct. 9, 2015 2:42 PM

Svalbard`s mountains are older than we previously believed. On research expeditions to get rock samples of the Spitsbergen`s peaks the researchers found mountains that was ancient and little prone to erosion. The study is published in Nature Geoscience with first author Endre Før Gjermundsen, many colleagues from UNIS and others. Otto Salvigsen, Department of Geosciences, is co-author of the article.

Published May 5, 2015 12:37 PM

If we could fix the climate problems with different engineering techniques would they be easy to solve, or not? Geoengineering also named climate engineering is to do interventions in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. Such intervenions can also cause negative effects. Media attention and coverage after a press conference at European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2015 for Helene Muri, researcher at University of Oslo.

Figure: CEED
Published Mar. 31, 2015 1:55 PM

At Öræfajökull on the saga Island, it may be a bit of an ancient continent. The area is well known because it stands out from the rest of Icelands geological characteristics. Researchers from the Centre for Earth Development and Dynamics - CEED - have in their article in PNAS launched a theory about that the area remains of an ancient continent perhaps a bit of Greenland. The article has got attention in the media.

This picture show the Loong (dragon shaped) rock on the landing site for the Chang’E-3 og roveren Yutu on moon. Photo: CNAS/NAOC/CAS.
Published Mar. 20, 2015 10:17 AM

After over 35 years the Chinese Chang’E-3 mission is the first to visit and land on the lunar surface. The objetive for the Space Craft is to explore the surface rocks and the substrate on the Moon. CEED, Department of Geosciences's postdoc Zhiyong Xiao participates in the mission team, and the first results reveals a vivid geologic picture of the landing site.The results published in Science recently attracted international attention in both European and Asian websites for news in natural Sciences, three of them linked up below:

Published Feb. 11, 2015 3:18 PM

Austfonna, Europe’s largest glacier do we find on the island Nordaustlandet in the archipelago Svalbard. The glacier has moved with increased speed in the last few years, and in 2014 the glacier moved a total of 3800 meters. Glaciologist and professor Jon Ove Hagen Methlie, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo is interviewed about Austfonna and says that surging in Svalbard’s glaciers is natural as a cyclical phenomenona.