ARCEx Annual Conference 2019: Presentations and posters

Dear participants of the ARCEx Annual Conference 2019

We want to thank you for attending the 5th annual conference of the Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration on 22-24 October, Sommarøy, Tromsø. 

We hope that you found it worthwile attending the conference. Your presence helped to make this event a great success, and we want to extend a special thanks to all who presented a talk, prepared a poster, and organised the excursion. 

Most presentations and posters from the ARCEx Annual Conference 2019 are now available on the ARCEx intranet. The list below may be updated as more presentations are made available.

The access to the ARCEx intranet is restricted to the members of the consortium. Please contact us for access.

Tuesday, October 22th

Session 1. Moderator Alfred Hanssen

Welcome address by the ARCEx Director. Alfred Hanssen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Special welcome to the ARCEx Early Career Scientists

Welcome address by the Research Council of Norway. Siri Friedemann, The Research Council of Norway

WP1&2 Geology. Kim Senger, The University Centre in Svalbard, Sten–Andreas Grundvåg, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

WP3 Environmental Risk Management. JoLynn Carroll, Akvaplan–niva & UiT The Arctic University of Norway

WP4 Technology for eco–safe exploration. Tor Arne Johansen, University of Bergen


Session 2. Moderator: Kim Senger

Keynote #1: Updated plate reconstructions for the Arctic; from Amerasia to the Eurekan. Grace Shephard, Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), University of Oslo

Fault–controlled diagenesis and fluid circulation along a major syn–rift border fault system – the Dombjerg Fault and the Wollaston Forland Basin, NE Greenland. Eric Salomon, University of Bergen

Geological controls on widespread gas leakage at the seafloor in the northern Barents Sea. Rune Mattingsdal, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate


Session 3. Moderator: Sten-Andreas Grundvåg

An empirical approach to estimating hydrocarbon column heights for improved pre–drill volume prediction in hydrocarbon exploration. Isabel Edmundson, University of Bergen

Wisting Geophysical Toolbox. Lars Martin Moskvil, OMV (Norge)

Seal characterization in the uplifted basins on the Barents Shelf, from the Hoop area to the Haapet Dome. Renate S. Paulsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Wednesday, October 23rd

Session 4. Moderator: Jasmine Nahrgang

Keynote #2: The Nansen Legacy. Marit Reigstad, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Who feeds the benthos in the Arctic Ocean Basin? Ingrid Wiedmann, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Decadal patterns of benthic fauna on the northern Svalbard shelf: Indicators of community structure in an era of climate change. Michael Carroll, Akvaplan–niva


Session 5. Moderator: Stig-Morten Knutsen

Effects of a complex petroleum mixture to Barents Sea key fishes – recent results on species sensitivity and a novel hypothesis that may lead to a paradigm shift. Jasmine Nahrgang, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Is exposure to chemically–dispersed oil more harmful to early stages of the Northern shrimp Pandalus borealis than mechanically–dispersed oil? Frederike Keitel–Gröner, NORCE

Anoxia and mass death – a high–resolution biofacies study of the Ladinian (Middle Triassic) Blanknuten Mb., Botneheia Fm. on Edgeøya. Victoria Sjøholt Engelschiøn, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo


Session 6. Moderator: Jan Sverre Laberg

From Transpression to transtention along the W Svalbard margin: tectonics and sedimentation in the Forlandssundet Basin. Per Terje Osmundsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Carboniferous graben structures, evaporite accumulations and tectonic inversion in southeastern Norwegian Barents Sea. Muhammad Hassaan, University of Oslo

Perspectives from recent exploration activities in the Northwestern Barents Sea after 7321/4–1 Gråspett well. Arnaud Santoire, Wintershall Dea


Thursday, October 24th

Session 7. Moderator: JoLynn Carroll

Keynote #3: Risk based decision support for arctic activities. Prof. Seth Guikema, Industrial and Operations Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Tacit and explicit assumptions: Conceptual clarification and environmental risk assessment applications. Roger Flage, University of Stavanger

Environmentally Friendlier Seismic Acquisitions. Peter Hanssen, Equinor 


Session 8. Moderator: Tor Arne Johansen

Time–lapse surface seismic: Possible applications and examples from Svalbard. Helene Meling Stemland, University of Bergen

From sound source to perception: seismic surveys and cetacean hearing. Hannah Kriesell, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Different aspects of detection of karstified reservoirs – case examples from gravimetry and seismic interpretation. Terje Solbakk, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Session 9. Moderator: Alfred Hanssen

The seismic Imaging challenge of the Barents Sea; from the quaternary down to the lower crust. Jan Erik Lie, Lundin Norway

New ways to enhance the low frequency signal from air gun arrays. Martin Landrø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Closing remarks. Alfred Hanssen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway



North Atlantic-Arctic tectonics related to the wider Barents Sea paleogeography and basin evolution Mohamed Mansour Abdelmalak (UiO)

Polar cod early life stages under a warming scenario exhibit extreme sensitivity to low levels of crude oil Morgan Lizabeth Bender (UiT), Julia Giebichenstein (UiT), Ragnar Teisrud (UiT), Jennifer Laurent (UiT), Marianne Frantzen (Akvaplan-niva), James Meador (Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fish Health Program, Northwest Fisheries science Center, NOAA Fisheries), Lisbeth Sørensen (SINTEF Ocean), Bjørn Henrik Hansen (SINTEF Ocean), Helena C Reinardy (Scottish Association for Marine Science and UNIS), Benjamin Laurel (Fisheries Behavioral Ecology Program, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA), Jasmine M Nahrgang (UiT)

Naturally Occurring Underpressure – A Global Perspective Thomas Birchall (UNIS), Kim Senger (UNIS), Richard Swarbrick (Swarbrick GeoPressure Consultancy Ltd)

Seismic imaging of low-displacement carbonate hosted faults with insights from seismic modelling Vilde Dimmen (UiB), Atle Rotevatn (UiB), Isabelle Lecomte (UiB)

The role of faults in hydrocarbon leakage: insights from two cases studies in the Barents Sea Isabel Edmundson (UiB), Atle Rotevatn (UiB), Roy Davies (Wintershall Dea), Graham Yielding (Badley Geoscience), Kjetil Broberg (Wintershall Dea)

East-west trends in palaeoenvironment and oxygenation in the Middle Triassic Botneheia Fm., Svalbard Victoria Sjøholt Engelschiøn (UiO), Øyvind Hammer (UiO), Jørn Hurum (UiO), Fredrik Wesenlund (UiT), Sofie Bernhardsen (NTNU), Atle Mørk (NTNU)

Stress and deformation analysis in the Barents Sea in relation to Paleogene transpression along the Greenland-Eurasia plate boundary Sébastien Gac (UiO), Alexander Minakov (UiO), Grace E. Shephard (UiO), Jan Inge Faleide (UiO & UiT) Sverre Planke (UiO & VBPR)

Lower Cretaceous source rocks in the SW Barents Sea Andreas H. Hagset (UiT), Sten-Andreas Grundvåg (UiT), Balazs Badics (Wintershall Dea), Atle Rotevatn (UiB), Roy Davis (Wintershall Dea)

Anatomy of the evaporite accumulation and salt wall evolution in Tiddlybanken Basin, southeastern Norwegian Barents Sea Muhammad Hassaan (UiO), Jan Inge Faleide (UiO/UIT), Roy Helge Gabrielsen (UiO), Filippos Tsikalas (Vår Energi /UiO)

Geochemical signal of Triassic successions at the Svalis Dome, SW Barents Sea – illustrating the potential of the XRF Core Scanner Sigrun Maret Kvendbø Hegstad (UiT), Juha Ahokas (Aker BP), Matthias Forwick (UiT), Sten-Andreas Grundvåg (UiT)

Short-term exposure to chemically dispersed oil is more harmful to Northern shrimp larvae than mechanically dispersed oil Frederike Keitel-Gröner (NORCE), Maj Arnberg (Akvaplan-niva), Renée K. Bechmann (NORCE), Emily Lyng (NORCE), and Thierry Baussant (NORCE)

WNW-ESE-striking Timanian faults in Svalbard Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl (UiT/UiO)

From sound source to perception: seismic surveys and cetacean hearing Hannah Kriesell and Martin Landrø (NTNU)

A review of Cenozoic uplift and erosion in the Norwegian Barents Sea Amando Lasabuda (UiT), Jan sverre Laberg (UiT), Jan Inge Faleide (UiO), Stig-Morten Knutsen (NPD), Tom Arne Rydningen (UiT), Alfred Hanssen (UiT)

Cenozoic sedimentary environments on the Vesterålen continental margin Stine Bjordal Olsen (UiT), Tom Arne Rydningen (UiT), Jan sverre Laberg (UiT), Jim Myrvang (Aker BP ASA), Amando Lasabuda (UiT), Stig-Morten Knutsen (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)

Seal Integrity in the Uplifted Basins in the greater Hoop Area on the Northern Barents Shelf Renate Strugstad Paulsen (UiT), Sten-Andreas Grundvåg (UiT), Kim Senger (UNIS), Eirik Stueland (OMV (Norge) As), Lars Martin Moskvil (OMV (Norge) As)

Seismic surface wave investigations of frozen ground in Adventdalen, Svalbard Rowan Romeyn (UiT), Helene Meling Stemland (UiB), Alfred Hanssen (UiT), Tor Arne Johansen (UiB), Bent Ole Ruud (UiB)

The deformational evolution in a hanging wall damage zone of a syn-rift border fault system – the Dombjerg Fault, NE Greenland Eric Salomon (UiB)

Different aspects of detection of karstified reservoirs – case examples from gravimetry and seismic interpretation Terje Solbakk (NTNU), Philip Ringrose (NTNU), Christine Fichler (NTNU), Tore Svånå

Seismic signatures of warming permafrost Helene Meling Stemland (UiB), Tor Arne Johansen (UiB), Bent Ole Ruud (UiB)

Diffraction separation by diffraction stacking Vemund Stenbekk Thorkildsen (UiO)

Organic facies influence on bitumen-derived thermal maturity parameters in Lower–Upper Triassic shales, Edgeøya, Eastern Svalbard Fredrik Wesenlund (UiT), Victoria S. Engelschiøn (UiO), Sofie Bernhardsen (NTNU), Sten-Andreas Grundvåg (UiT), Olaf Thiessen (Equinor ASA), Jon Halvard Pedersen (Lundin Norway As), Jon Erik Skeie (Aker BP ASA)

Vertical flux in the Arctic – (how) can high latitude observations contribute to our understanding of the POC attenuation? Ingrid Wiedmann (UiT), María Villa Alfageme, Elena Ceballos Romero, Feliciano de Soto, Morten H. Iversen, Angelika Renner