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Our research

Njord is a cross-disciplinary geoscience-physics centre at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Our research is focused on the fundamental physics of geological processes related to: transport and reactions in deformable porous media, fracturing and fragmentation processes, interface dynamics during geophysical flows, and intermittency and pattern formation in geological systems far from equilibrium.

At PoreLab UiO (UiO Porous Media Laboratory SFF) we do research on flow in porous media. PoreLab UiO is part of the Centre of Excellence NTNU-UiO Porous Media Laboratory SFF (PoreLab) in the period 2017-2027.

At PGP (Physics of Geological Processes) we study the physics of geological processes. PGP was a first-generation Center of Excellence (SFF) in the period 2003-2013, and is now a section at the Dept. of Geosciences.


Our Research

At Njord we conduct research on Earth Systems that range in scale from atoms to continents and apply methods where fieldwork, numerical modelling, experiments and theory act in concert. The prime products of our center is high quality basic research and education. However, we also focus considerable efforts on outreach and innovation through collaboration with media, renowned artists and industry partners. You can read more about our outreach projects and communication here.

Our research is directly relevant to a wide range of applications, including transport of water, pollutants and hydrocarbons in porous and fractured rocks, carbon sequestration and storage, avalanche dynamics, earthquakes and other geohazards.

The Njord center accommodates researchers from the former Center of Excellence (CoE) ‘Physics of Geological Processes’ and the University of Oslo's node of the new CoE ‘NTNU-UiO Porous Media Laboratory’. Our strategy for education is research based – learning by doing. We are doing this in close collaboration with the CoE Center for Computation in Science Education, a center directed by Njord's Anders Malthe-Sørenssen.

A mountain range and cloudy sky in the background.


Photo by Olivier Galland.