spring 2022
GEO-3145 Arctic marine geology and geophysics workshop - 5 ECTS

Type of course

This course is not available as a single course, and is not available to exchange students or free-movers. The course is only available for students enrolled at the M.Sc. program in Geology at UiT.

GEO-3144 Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics workshop is connected to this course and might be taken before or after this course.

Course content

The course is connected to the educational cruise on the research vessel R/V Helmer Hanssen, primarily in the waters of Svalbard, the Fram Strait or the Arctic Ocean. The research topics and scientific questions addressed during the course change annually. They include sedimentary processes and stratigraphy of glaciated continental margins; paleoclimate, paleoceanography and glacial history; processes related to fluid flow; modern and fossil ecosystems physical; chemical properties of ocean water masses, sea-ice formation and melting; the dynamics of the ocean floor and its subsurface; marine geohazards.

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • knowledge of basic marine geology and paleoceanography.
  • knowledge of acoustic data collection and interpretation.
  • knowledge of water and seafloor sampling techniques.
  • knowledge of analytical techniques and interpretations of the data collected during the cruise.


The student can

  • use acoustic data to interpret the morphology of the seafloor and the stratigraphy of the sub-seafloor to reconstruct the geological development of and present geological processes in the study area.
  • use instrumental data to describe the hydrography in the study area.
  • develop sampling strategies for the water column and the seafloor based on the interpretation of acoustic and instrumental data collected during the cruise.
  • prepare sampling gear prior to data collection and recover material from the sampling gear after its return back on deck.
  • perform analyses and interpretation of the material recovered.
  • use data and geological knowledge to study and interpret the geological development of the study area, as well as processes taking place at present.

General competences

The student can

  • carry out the most important elements of marine-geoscientific research projects: penetrating literature, carrying out field research, analyzing data, and communicating results to fellow students/scientists.
  • solve marine-geoscientific questions and hypotheses analytically and prompt in written English.
  • work independent and in a team.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

This course will provide 15-25 lectures by internal teachers and scientists and invited specialists, in addition to discussions and seminars. The course lasts for about 5 days.


Written individual report (c. 10 pages) on a given subject from the workshop. The report counts 100 % of the final grade.

Grading scale: Pass/fail. In case the grade is fail, new, improved reports can be delivered within a new deadline.

Compulsory learning activities

Participation in one workshop is required to gain credits from this course.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: GEO-3145
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