Welcome to the Department of Geosciences

Welcome to the world´s northernmost geology department. With focus on the northern regions and the Arctic, our main activities are research, education and communication of research to the public. 

The activities are centered in the following research groups:
1) Polar Marine Geology and Geophysics 
2) Solid Earth Science
3) Coastal and Terrestrial Geosciences 

The geosciences department has several large research projects financed by The Research Council of Norway, EU and Norwegian oil companies. We partner in a Center of Excellence; CAGE (Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate), which conducts world leading research on gas hydrates and how methane release affects the sea enviorment and the climate. ARCEx - Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration is a research  and competence center for petroleum activities in the northern regions and the Arctic.

The department offers education at the bachelor-, masters- and PhD-levels.  We educate future geologists and geophysicists.

Our graduates go on to work in the oil industry, food companies, consulting companies, public offices within road construcion and infrastructure, geohazards, research, teaching and many other private companies.

Employees at Department of Geosciences:

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Centers and major projects at IG:

Postal address:
Institutt for geovitenskap

UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Postboks 6050 Langnes
N-9037 Tromsø


+ 47 77 64 56 00

Visiting address:
Dramsveien 201

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Matthias Forwick John Arne Opheim