The Department has Norway’s broadest range in geoscience research and teaching. This breadth is a result of the amalgamation in 2003 of three departments at UiO, Physical Geography, Geophysics and Geology.
A thin section of a rock sample (Photo: HF Asbjørnsen, UiO).
Research is carried out on all the planet’s processes, from the interior of the Earth to the outermost atmosphere. This work is characterised by fieldwork in many parts of the world with a wide spectrum of analyses in our own laboratories and computer based modelling and analytical tools.
The Department of Geosciences at university of Oslo is organised as five sections, but most research is done in more or less formal research groups which span these subdivisions. Four of these groups in particular demonstrate this interdisciplinary nature and show the way in which the Department is moving forward:
The Department co-operates extensively in research with both public and private institutions, and is a contributor to various research centres, amongst which:
- Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice (NCoE - SVALI)
- Subsurface CO2 Storage (CEER - SUCCESS)
- Physics of Geological Processes (CoE - PGP)
- International Centre for Geohazards (CoE - ICG)
- CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research
In order to support this research we have several advanced research laboratories and other infrastructure.