Earth’s history, structure, and change is archived in our rocks. Through the lens of geophysics, structural geology, stratigraphy, palaeontology, and sedimentology we can reveal how our planet has changed in the past and is undergoing change today.
Climate and the effects of climate change present one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is a very broad research field which ignores the traditional boundaries between geoscience disciplines.
Storage of CO2 in safe geological formations in the subsurface can be an important strategy to reduce CO2 gasses in the atmosphere.
The Cryosphere includes all frozen water on the Earth's surface, all areas where snow, ice and permafrost affect the landscape and processes occurring there. We find a big amount of water tied up in glaciers and icecaps in Arctic and Antarctic, but also in permafrost and smaller glaciers worldwide.
Exploitation of natural resources, production and consummation of commodities often leads to pollution that has negative impact on our environment. We work to understand how pollutants are transported and spread, and how they impact the ecosystems.
To better understand and describe the processes related to the Earth’s physical features and the society it is increasingly important to use remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) as tools for managing large amounts of spatial and geographically-referenced information.
Geomorphology is the study of landforms and the processes that form them. Geomorphologists investigate why landscapes look the way they do, both in terms of understanding the evolution of landforms in the past and present, and to predict future changes (including geohazards). This is accomplished by a combination of field observations, field experiments and numerical modeling.
Hydrology is the study of the distribution and movement of water above, on and in the ground, including flow in streams and rivers. Knowledge in hydrology is of great importance for both the protection and exploitation of our freshwater resources.
The three Norwegian impact structures; Gardnos in Hallingdal, Ritland in Rogaland and Mjølnir in the Barents Sea, has been analysed in detail by our department through many years now in numerous projects.
The dynamics of interface processes during flows on Earth, including the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, and the atmosphere, including the behavior of the complex interfaces separating ‘Fluid Earth’ from ‘Solid Earth’.
The goal for the EarthFlows research group is to provide fundamentally new understanding of the dynamics of fluid-solid interfaces for a number of important geophysical systems.
The role of: Atmosphere - Biosphere – Cryosphere – Hydrosphere interactions in a changing climate.
The research group LATICE will bring a focus on cold-regions exchange processes within Earth System Sciences as an interdisciplinary initiative of collaborative research and education.
A common denominator for many of the research activities is quantitative computations of atmospheric processes with the aid of theoretical and numerical models.
Physical oceanography encompasses observations and dynamics of the ocean. The research group focuses on the dynamics of large-scale flows like the Gulf Stream and the Meridional Overturning Circulation, and the circulation in high latitude regions. The group also studies turbulent dispersion, relevant for the spreading of pollution like plastics.