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:

Latest news

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Exploration of seabed methane seeps around Svalbard For the first time, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has been used in the exploration of methane cold seeps from the seabed in areas around Svalbard.
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A Well-Preserved Climate Archive Can Be Found in Ocean Floor Mud Data about the Arctic climate thousands of years ago can be found stored under the ocean floor, hidden in the shells of microscopic fossils.
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Current activities and projects
Project: EWMA Environmental Waste Management The main objective for the project is to develop a distinct Northern Norwegian competence cluster in waste handling in the Arctic oil industry and shipping. Through research and education, the project will build new knowledge on how to handle waste from this industry in a more proper manner in the high north region and cold environment.
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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   Inger Solheim

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