autumn 2022
GEO-3128 Marine geohazards - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

UiT students: September 1st for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course is available as a single course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other programme for basis of admission.

Application code: 9371.

Course content

The course deals with marine geological processes that can pose a threat to human life and/or installations at sea and onshore. These processes includes topics such as slope stability and submarine slides, fluids in the subsurface (e.g. pockmarks, mud volcanoes, gas hydrates, CO2-storage, blowouts) and tsunamis generated from earthquakes (faults) and submarine slides. Examples from these topics are further explored through practical exercises.

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • detailed knowledge about the generation, propagation and run-up of tsunamis triggered from submarine slides and subduction zone faults.
  • detailed knowledge of the geotechnical parameters important for the stability of submarine slopes.
  • understanding of how fluids and fluid migration can affect the submarine surface.


The student can

  • calculate the factor of safety for a translational slide on the sea floor.
  • calculate the arrival time for a propagating tsunami and the amount of amplification of the run-up in a fjord/inlet.
  • evaluate pore pressure measurements.
  • use maps, and geological data from borings to evaluate the stability of a submarine slope.
  • provide an overview of geo-hazards that can be a danger to the production of offshore oil and gas.
  • understand how the source area of a tsunami can influence the wave characteristics of the propagating tsunami.

General competences

The student can

  • carry out the most important elements of geological research projects related to marine geo-hazards: understanding literature, make observations, analyze data, and communicate results to fellow students/scientists.
  • use data and geological knowledge to understand processes.
  • work independent and in a team.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English.

Teaching methods

15 hours of lectures, 9 hours of practical exercises.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for GEO-3128 Marine geohazards


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 27.10.2022 09:00
4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Exercise 1 Approved – not approved
Exercise 2 Approved – not approved
Exercise 3 Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Admittance to the examination requires approved exercises.

Re-sit examination

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: GEO-3128
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