Riko Noormets

Professor, Marine Geology and Geophysics

A 210

Read more about Riko and his work at Google Scholar and at Research Gate.

Research interests and projects

My main research interests are in the geological evolution of the Polar marine continental margins including a broad range of glacially influenced environments, from the fjords to the continental shelf and slope in the Arctic as well as Antarctica. I use acoustic seabed and subsurface mapping methods in combination with multiproxy sediment analyses to reconstruct the glacier dynamics and postglacial environmental change.

I currently work on projects concerning glacial history of the fjords in Svalbard, ice sheet dynamics and deglaciation of the northern Svalbard continental shelf, development of glacially-fed river deltas, continental margin sedimentary processes, seabed fluid flow, geological imprint of calving glaciers and modern seabed sediment transport and morphodynamics in the coastal zone. Together with colleagues, I am also involved in projects studying shipwrecks in Svalbard and developing autonomous tools for ocean mapping. Many of these projects involve MSc and PhD students, and there are always opportunities to get involved in such projects. Do not hesitate to contact me if interested!

I am also involved in:

International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO). Go North – A Norwegian cross-disciplinary Arctic Ocean reseach program




AG-211 Arctic Marine Geology (15 ECTS)

Project involvements


Glacier area changes in the Arctic and high latitudes using satellite remote sensing

Riko Noormets

Coastal permafrost was massively eroded during the Bølling-Allerød warm period

Riko Noormets

Glacier area changes in Novaya Zemlya from 1986-89 to 2019-21 using object-based image analysis in Google Earth Engine

Riko Noormets