Congratulations! GLANAM Fellows Successfully Defending Their PhD Theses

On the 21st of December 2016 Benjamin Bellwald, GLANAM Fellow at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, defended his PhD-thesis ‘Slides in Glacigenic Settings – From Fjords to Deep Sea’. The thesis comprises four papers:

  • Bellwald, B., Hjelstuen, B.O., Sejrup, H.P., Haflidason, H., 2016. Postglacial mass failures in the Inner Hardangerfjorden system, Western Norway, in: Lamarche, G. et al. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazard research, 73-82
  • Bellwald, B., Hjelstuen, B.O., Sejrup, H.P., Haflidason, H., 2016. Postglacial mass movements and depositional environments in a high-latitude fjord system – Hardangerfjorden, Western Norway. Marine Geology 379, 157-175
  • Bellwald, B., Hjelstuen, B.O., Sejrup, H.P., Stokowy, T., Kuvås, J. Trigger Mechanisms of Holocene Mass Movements in West and Mid-Norwegian Fjords and Lakes (To be submitted to Quaternary Science Reviews February 2017)
  • Bellwald, B., Urlaub, M., Hjelstuen, B.O., Sejrup, H.P., Sørensen, M., Forsberg, C.F., Vanneste, M. The role of rapidly-deposited glacigenic debris flows on slope stability of the North Sea Fan from a numerical modeling perspective (To be submitted to Marine and Petroleum Geology autumn 2017)

The thesis was evaluated by the following committee: Professor Angelo Camerlenghi (OGS, Trieste), Associated Professor Geoffrey Corner (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) and Professor Atle Rotevatn (University of Bergen).

Main supervisor on the thesis has been Berit Oline Hjelstuen (UiB), whereas Hans Petter Sejrup (UiB), Haflidi Haflidason (UiB), Sverre Planke (VBPR AS) and Morelia Urlaub (GEOMAR) have been co-supervisors.

PhD promotion Friday 27th January, 2017 where new PhDs got their diploma.

From the left: Dean at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science Helge K. Dahle, University Director Kjell Bernstrøm, Rector at University of Bergen Dag Rune Olsen, PhD Benjamin Bellwald.

Statoil Summer Internship 2016 – Exploration & Petroleum technology-Geologists,Geophysicists & Petrophysicists

Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 35 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Norway with approx. 21,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

Application deadline for summer internships in is 25th October, 2015.

Statoil website.

Petermann Expedition

Petermann 2015 is an international research expedition to the area around the Petermann glacier in northwestern Greenland. The Swedish icebreaker Oden will serve as the platform for the research carried out in the sea, on the glacier and on land.

The purpose of the project is to collect multibeam bathymetry and sub-bottom profile information along the western continental shelf of Greenland in order to characterize the shape of the seafloor and uppermost sediment properties. The main goal is to increase our understanding about potential pathways of relative warmer water influx towards Greenland’s many outlet glaciers. A program involving both seismic data aquistion, multibeam mapping, coring and seismic reflection profiling is planned in order to study the past behaviour of the Petermann Glacier.

Scientific Questions

Petermann Glacier is connected to the inland ice through an ancient (perhaps pre-glacial) channel system, which extends from Petermann Fjord, deep into the inland ice along a pathway near the NEEM and NGRIP ice cores. This implies that the expedition with icebreaker Oden, targeting the longer-term marine history of the Petermann system, is constrained near its inland-ice source by well published deep ice-core data.

The expedition will examine the relatively unexplored outlet end of this large system, by documenting changes in the grounded Petermann Glacier, its buttressing ice shelf, and ocean conditions since the end of the last glacial period.

You can follow the expedition on the Petermann’s Glacial History Blog site and on the following Twitter accounts:

GLANAM Mid-term Review Result

The result of the GLANAM mid-term review is in.

We received a very positive report from the EU, which particularly commended the quality of the scientific training, the involvement and engagement of our industrial partners, the diversity of our team, and high-quality website and overall management.

Well done to all Fellows, supervisors and our industrial partners! We look forward to the next couple of years of the network.

GLANAM has started!

We have now recruited most of the Fellows for the GLANAM Project.

We have had our first meeting and training events and GLANAM is fully underway.