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GEO-3144 Marine geology and geophysics cruise - 5 stp

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Institutt for geovitenskap

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-3145 Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics workshop is connected to this course and might be taken before or after this course.

Course contents

The course is an 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 cruise 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.

The students will be introduced to state-of-the-art instrumentations and methods necessary to perform a scientific cruise. This includes acoustic instruments to map the properties of the water column, the seafloor and the sub-seafloor, as well as equipment to retrieve samples from the water column and the seafloor. The students will be actively involved in data collection and analyses, as well as discussions of the results, in line with regular scientific cruises.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years, 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 program for basis of admission.

Application code: 9371.

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Teaching methods

This course will provide a combination of fieldwork, lectures and tutorials, supported by computer-aided learning, and independent study. Modern instruments for acquisition of acoustic data and sediment sampling will be demonstrated, including i.e. multibeam echo sounder and seismic equipment; piston, gravity, box and multi-coring systems. The students will have daily lectures on board, obtain supervision during the field work and have discussions about the obtained results.


Written individual cruise report (c. 10 pages) after the cruise that counts 100 % of the final grade.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where F is fail. In case the grade is fail, new, improved cruise reports can be delivered within a new deadline.

Compulsory learning activities

Approval of training in health, safety, and environment prior to the cruise. This follows the UiT routines for cruises and will be provided by the crew onboard the research vessel. Admittance to the exam requires cruise participation.