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Geology and Geophysics

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The Section for Geology and Geophysics do research and teaching in the fields of geology and geophysics including petroleum
geology, micropaleantology, CO2 storage, and environmental geology among several other subject fields. The section embrace
several research groups within geology and geophysics.

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About us

Visiting address: Geology building, Sem Sælands vei 1, Blindern, Oslo

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Head of Section

Alvar Braathen

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The research group in geology does research on the formation, structure, transformation, and the dynamics and deformation of rocks and the crust and the upper reaches of Earth's mantle. In both research and teaching we do a lot of field work and laboratory-based studies.


The micropaleontology group studies variation in the distribution and community structure amongst microfossils from different environmental conditions and from different periods.

CO2 storage

Storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the subsurface can be an important strategy for reducing emissions of climate gases to the atmosphere from large point sources. The aim of this group is to research on safe and efficient storage of CO2 in rock formations on the seabed and other geological environments. We cover several projects and contribute to FME-centres to gain knowledge for future CO2 storage.

Environmental geology

Environmental geology is closely associated with the inter-relationship of people and nature, and the consequences of natural and man-made environmental changes at local, regional and global scales. A key area is CO2 sequestration. We participates in the FME centre Industry driven innovation for fast track CCS deployment – NCCS.

Mineral dissolution and growth

The research is on mineral dissolution and growth where the group aim to identify mechanisms and factors that control the reaction rates. We use theoretical considerations and numerical simulations to predict mineral reactions and reaction rates, and compare this to observations obtained from laboratory experiments and from natural systems.

Participation in FME Centres

The research group for CO2 Storage/GEO and several of our researchers participate in Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) for research on CO2 storage in geological formations. 

We participate now in: NCCS – 2016-2024

Participated in: SUCCESS – 2009-18

CO2 Storage, GEO – UiO

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