AG-222 Integrated Geological Methods: From Outcrop to Geomodel (15 ECTS)

Midterhuken between Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden, Bellsund. August 2004. Photo: Alexander Wolfe/UNIS

How to apply

January 11, 2021
May 25, 2020
Spring semester (January–May), annually.
Letter grade (A through F)
Book chapters, articles, electronic data sets; ca. 200 pages.
Fieldwork, max NOK 600 (max 3 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
10/20 students
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
October 15, 2019


Kim Senger
Kim Senger
Associate Professor, Structural geology and basin analysis

Course requirements:

60 ECTS within general natural science, of which 30 ECTS within the field of geology/geosciences. The applicant must be enrolled in a programme at Bachelor level, or document that the course is approved into the applicant’s current study programme.

The course should be combined with AG-209, and the two courses are designed to complement each other.

Academic content:

The geological history of the Svalbard archipelago is a story of how tectonic and climatic processes have affected sedimentation since the Caledonian orogeny, and serves as a “window” to the Barents shelf hydrocarbon province to the south. The sparsely vegetated, well exposed and in places well-studied outcrops provide a unique opportunity for entry-level geologists to get an understanding of how geological field data are collected in the field and analysed in the office. In addition, geophysical data are integrated to enhance the holistic understanding of a particular area. Authenticity is stressed throughout the course, with practical problems to solve resolving the numerous fields requiring the robust characterization of the subsurface, including coal mining, geological CO2 storage, hydrocarbon exploration, underground gas storage, geothermal exploitation, ore exploration etc.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completing the course, the students will be able to conduct focused geological field data collection in small groups, be familiar and use a broad range of geological and geophysical methods, and actively use these data to produce a realistic geological model of the subsurface.

Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of geological field mapping techniques (e.g., stratigraphic and structural mapping at outcrop and core scale)
  • Develop a basic understanding of geophysical data interpretation techniques (e.g., seismic, electric methods, wireline log interpretation)
  • Actively use modern tools (e.g., photogrammetry to construct virtual outcrops, industry-standard software) to link geology and geophysics together to construct a realistic geomodel of a study area

Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Be able to work together to solve realistic and authentic subsurface characterization problems
  • Improve the understanding of the geology of an area by collecting relevant new data in the field and integrating it with pre-existing information and present their findings to the class
  • Get an authentic experience of how subsurface characterization is conducted in practice, where the key uncertainties lie and how relevant geological know-how can directly or indirectly improve the geomodel

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Gain first-hand experience of actively working both individually and in small groups
  • Improve the presentation skills by presenting their work to their peers and creatively tackling the set problems

Learning activities:

The course extends over a full semester. Initially, students attend one week of compulsory Arctic survival and safety training (AS-101).

The course will be very practical oriented, with a relatively small number of introduction and overview lectures complemented by practical exercises carried out by the students both individually and in small groups. These exercises will focus on sedimentology and structural analysis (of cores and near-town outcrops), geophysics (seismic and non-seismic interpretation), well log interpretation, geomodelling and data integration.

Students will participate in a whole class excursion in Svalbard where each group will be presenting a selected geological field site to their peers.

Total lecture hours: 16 hours
Total practical exercises/PC lab work: 60 hours
Fieldwork/excursions: ca 3 days with overnight stay, up to 3 day-excursions

Compulsory learning activities:

Excursions and group field work

All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to be registered for the final assessments.


Method Percentage of final grade
Practical exercises (individual work) 20%
Digital field report from excursion (group work) 30%
Presentation of virtual field trip (group work) 25%
Presentation of scientific poster (individual work) 25%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course. Only the final grade will be reported based on a weighted average of the grades from the assessment parts.

Application deadline: 15 October 2019


Midterhuken between Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden, Bellsund. August 2004. Photo: Alexander Wolfe/UNIS

Midterhuken between Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden, Bellsund. Photo: Alexander Wolfe/UNIS

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