The new course, AT333 Arctic Petroleum Sciences: from exploration and operation to environmental impacts and ecosafe operations, is interdisciplinary and open to students from various fields of study (technology, biology, environment and geology). Course period will be the autumn semester (August – September), annually.

Academic content:

The course has the objective to provide important general knowledge of some of the most important fields of sciences dealing with Petroleum exploration and exploitation in the Arctic, including environmental aspects and how they are interlinked. The course will cover general knowledge in four subfields within petroleum studies; geology, geophysics, technology and biology.

The course will provide a broad and interdisciplinary overview of petroleum sciences, to increase awareness of field of sciences closely linked to the student´s own specialization. By providing future scientists and engineers with the “big picture”, this course is an important preparation for a professional careers in petroleum sciences, both for the academic and private sectors.


 More specifically the course will cover:

  • Petroleum industry dynamics and evolution; High North developments; integrated ocean governance
  • Introduction to petroleum geology and geophysics including the definition of specific terms and introduction to exploration and play concepts
  • Barents Sea oil and gas fields as well as discoveries on the Russian side and pan-arctic overview
  • Sustainable exploitation, pressure handling for no drilling hazards, natural seeps and pockmarks and importance of site survey
  • Principles of risk assessment and management (environmental, occupational, technological, and operational risk)
  • Surveillance and remote sensing (satellite vs. airplane vs. unmanned planes), synthetic aperture radar principles and applications including oil spill detection and characterisation
  • Oil spill response (Norwegian system and international law and cooperation)
  • Oil spill history and contingency methods
  • Oil composition and properties, oil spill weathering (on open water and in ice) and modelling of weathering processes
  • Introduction to Arctic ecosystems (biological oceanography, pelagic, benthic and sympagic ecosystems)
  • Environmental impact of the petroleum industry (both seismic activities, operational and accidental discharges)
  • Environmental monitoring related to the petroleum industry


Application deadline: 15 April 2015

How to apply