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News and "In media" articles where researchers from the Section for Physics of Geological Processes (GEO-PGP) have contributed. The list is not exhaustive and postings are mostly Norwegian.

The volcanic eruption on La Palma probably surprised most people, but these islands are well known to us geoscientists as active volcanoes, writes Olivier Galland, researcher at the Department of Geosciences, UiO. Here, the volcanic eruption was photographed on 29 September.  Foto: vinx76/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0
Published Oct. 8, 2021 1:14 PM

How dangerous is it, how long will it last, and what happens if you go near liquid lava? Here, UiO researcher and volcano expert Olivier Galland writes about everything you need to know about the volcanic eruption on La Palma on the Spanish Canary Islands.

About the epic journey through the contrasting landscape of the Bolivian high mountain landscape, Altiplano, read the cover story in GEO ExPro, September 2020. Photo: Olivier Galland og Caroline Sassier/UiO. Ill: GK/GEO
Published Oct. 20, 2020 12:44 PM

In a tent in minus 17 degrees in the Bolivian high mountain plateau, Altiplano, a desert that looks like a painting by Salvador Dalí, the world's largest salt flat. These are just some of the experiences Olivier Galland and Caroline Sassier write about in GEO ExPro from their journey by bike along the mighty landscape of the Andes in South America.

Research on the Earth and the climate is among subjects which have given UiO a place among the best. Illustration: Colourbox.com
Published May 19, 2020 12:47 PM

Researchers in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo achieve a high score on the Nature Index for 2020. Their research is now ranked 8th in Europe, and 3rd in Europe outside the UK.

Bildet viser Gunnuhver, et område med stor geotermisk aktivitet på halvøya Reykjanes. Islands flyplass Keflavik ligger på halvøya, og Islands hovedstaden Reykjavik ligger også like ved. Foto: Olivier Galland
Published Apr. 28, 2020 2:02 PM

Siden januar i år har det vært registrert økt vulkansk aktivitet ved Grindavik på halvøya Reykjanes, sør på Island. Det er målt flere jordskjelv og bakken har hevet seg. Det er liv i vulkanen Þorbjörn. Olivier Galland, ekspert på vulkaner, stiller spørsmål om vi er beredt på et utbrudd i sin Viten-artikkel. 

Picture showing rocks with three light grey lines that are three examples of the shear zones described in the paper.
Published Mar. 19, 2020 11:18 AM

Deep intracontinental earthquakes are poorly understood, despite their potential to cause significant destruction. In a recently published article in Nature Communications, a study done in Lofoten by an international project led by Njord's Luca Menegon, has shed new light on the mechanisms through which earthquakes are triggered up to 40km beneath the earth’s surface. With the insight from this study, researchers hope to be able to help at-risk communities in the future from the danger these earthquakes poses.

På Island finner vi vulkanen Katla som kan ha innvirkning på Norge ved utbrudd. Den ligger 1512 moh og 300–400 meter under den 595 km² store isbreen Mýrdalsjökull. Katla krateret har en diameter på 10 km. Foto: Chris 73/CC BY-SA 3.0
Published Jan. 14, 2020 2:07 PM

Med utgangspunkt i det pågående utbruddet til vulkanen Taal på Filippinene er vulkanekspert Olivier Galland intervjuet i P2/NRK om farlige vulkaner i verden.  Hør radiointervjuet i Studio2, 13. januar 2020 om Taal-utbruddet, og om tre potensielt farlige vulkaner som ligger nær Norge. 

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.
Published Jan. 2, 2020 1:56 PM

The Department of Geosciences receives funding for six new projects from the Fri prosjektstøtte / FRIPRO program from the Research Council of Norway (NFR). This was announced December 18 last year. A total of three research projects as well as three projects in the "Young Research Talents" category are supported.