Congratulations Dr. Muhammad Hassaan!

Dr. Muhammad Hassaan successfully defended his PhD thesis at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo on 27 September 2021. ARCEx congratulates Hassaan on this great achievement!

The title of his thesis is Evaporite-influenced rift basins and salt tectonics in the southeastern Norwegian Barents Sea.

A popular scientific article about Hassaan’s dissertation can be found here:

Summary of the thesis: 

Evaporite-influenced structures and rift basins may hold great volumes of hydrocarbons and commonly offer a range of structural and stratigraphic traps. These qualities give a possible CO2 storage due to the impermeability of the evaporites. This thesis aims to better constrain the link between the basement inheritance, layered evaporite sequence and post-salt basin development. A multidisciplinary approach has been introduced by combining 2D and 3D seismic, well (exploration and shallow boreholes), gravity and magnetic data, together with 3D geometric salt mapping, 2D kinematic structural restoration and 1D backstripping to understand the evaporite-influenced structures and rift basins in the southeastern Norwegian Barents Sea. The study may provide valuable guidelines to understand other evaporite-influenced basins in the Barents Sea and salt-influenced rift basins in a worldwide perspective.

Professor Jens Jahren from the Department of Geosciences, UiO, was the chair of defence. The adjudication committee consisted of the following people:

  • Professor Mads Huuse, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester
  • Professor Virginie Gaullier, Department of Earth Sciences, Université de Lille
  • Associate Professor Anders Mattias Lundmark, Institutt for geofag, UiO

Hassaan’s supervisors were:

  • Professor Jan Inge Faleide, Institutt for geofag, UiO
  • Professor emeritus Roy Helge Gabrielsen, Institutt for geofag, UiO
  • Professor II Filippos Tsikalas, Vår Energi og Institutt for geofag, UiO

Prior to the defence, Hassaan gave a trial lecture titled “A global overview of salt tectonic deformation controls and products and their implications for society, now and in the future” the same day.


Hassaan, Muhammad (2021): Evaporite-influenced rift basins and salt tectonics in the southeastern Norwegian Barents Sea. A dissertation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor, April 2021. University of Oslo, Norway. ISSN 1501-7710/ No. 2444. Permanent link: [intranet]