During the one and a half day long conference, 55 participants attended more than twenty interesting lectures at Sydspissen Hotell, in addition to updates from all five WP-leaders during the icebreaker event.
The aim of this conference was to provide a common venue for academic and industry partners and stakeholders within the project. Participants from UiT, UiB, UiO, UiS, IRIS, NTNU, UNIS, Akvaplan-niva, Norut, Lomonosov Moscow State University, NPD, RCN, Statoil, Eni Norge, Lundin Norway, GDF Suez, DONG Energy, Shell and Tullow Oil were all represented in Tromsø during these days. This year’s conference was an internal event for invited partners only.
Session I – Opening
Anne Husebekk, rector at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, declared the Conference for opened, and ARCEx Director Bård Johansen gave a brief review and status of the Research Centre.
Stig-Morten Knutsen from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate talked about perspectives in the Barents Sea and concluded that the largest yet-to-find volumes on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are believed to be located in the Barents Sea. Former ARCEx-leader and Professor Karin Andreassen from Centre of Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) ended off this session with their latest results on glaciations and numerical modeling of ice sheets in the Barents Sea.
Administrative Leader Ellen Ingeborg Hætta followed up the talk of Director Johansen with background information on the administrative processes within the Research Centre. Ellen accentuated that all involved personnel are an equally important part in the ARCEx-puzzle and she encouraged everybody to interact more closely with the administration on a daily basis.
Professor Tor Arne Johansen (University of Bergen) presented preliminary results from a seismic acquisition campaign on the sea ice in the inner part of Van Mijenfjorden, Svalbard, with the particular focus of generation and characterization of so called flexural waves propagating within the ice layer. PhD student Alina Mordasova came all the way to Tromsø from Lomonosov Moscow State University to talk about the petroleum systems and Mesozoic hydrocarbon potential of the eastern Barents Sea. Norut and Postdoctoral researcher Agnar Sivertsen presented their work in WP4 with remote sensing technology in support of offshore operations within and close to sea ice with emphasis on RPAS – remotely piloted aircraft systems.
Session III – Basin analysis
Jan Sverre Laberg quantified the Late Cenozoic glacial erosion of the northern Norwegian – southwestern Barents Sea continental margin.
Kjetil Indrevær presented the structural character and timing of the inversion along the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex, SW Barents Sea. Prof. William Helland-Hansen gave an overview of the methodological approaches for temporal and spatial reconstruction of Barents Sea Mesozoic source-to-sink systems and Prof. Roy Gabrielsen (UiO) ended this session by guiding us through the world of analogue and digital modelling.
Session IV – Petroleum systems and play concepts
PhD student Jean-Baptiste Koehl (UiT) presented his project with onshore-offshore relationships on the SW Barents Sea margin: fault correlation, tectonic landscapes and margin architecture. Tore Aadland (UiB) continued the talk of Prof. Helland-Hansen with their project temporal and spatial reconstruction of Barents Sea Mesozoic source-to-sink systems.Researcher Sten-Andreas Grundvåg (UNIS) gave a thourogh review of the Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous in Svalbard and northern Barents Sea. Professor Snorre Olaussen from UNIS ended this session with the onshore link to the Mesozoic Petroleum Systems in the greater Barents Sea, and asked “is the fluid flow system in the Barents Sea more dynamic than anticipated?”
Session V – Environmental risk management
This first session on Tuesday was dedicated to researchers working in WP3 – Environmental Risk Management. First Post doc Willy Røed (UiS) gave an overview of environmental risk management in the Arctic seen from a risk analyst’s point of view.
Jasmine Nahrgang from UiT continued with the sensitivity of key species within northern ecosystems.
Thierry Baussant from IRIS lectured on the biological effects of nondispersed oil – plankton and Marianne Frantzen (Akvaplan-niva) ended this session with biological effects of mechanically and chemically dispersed oil – polar cod.
Session VI – Technology for eco-safe exploration in the Arctic
The last session comprised results from the NTNU projects within ARCEx. Professor Ståle Johansen showed results from geophysical modelling for improved interpretation of subsurface data.
PhD student Terje Solbakk lectured about paleohighs, paleotopography and carbonates. Post doc Omosanya presented seismic characterization of “hard kicks” (igneous) and “soft kicks” (fluid-flow) anomalies in SW Barents Sea, while PhD student Espen Raknes ended this last session by imaging the subsurface using full waveform inversion.
Our impression is that this conference made it visible for all participants that ARCEx is a fairly large project. The organizing committee is pleased with the contributions and fruitful discussions given by all participants.