The NOR-R-AM project gathers scientists from Norway, Russia, USA, and Canada who aim to build a knowledge platform for assessing the current understanding about Arctic geology.
The main outcome of the project are: 1) We developed a new Master/PhD course at UNIS- AG-851/351: Arctic Tectonics and Volcanism; 2) We organised and conducted a topical (AGU Chapman) international conference that attracted 100 specialists in Arctic tectonics; 3) We built a strong scientific group with partners in almost all Arctic countries who organise scientific and educational activities and collaborate on frontier science; 4) We mentored several early career researcher and helped building their research, education and outreach skills
CEED and the Department of Geosciences (GEO) at the University of Oslo have now the desired critical mass to be considered the largest Norwegian hub for Arctic solid earth sciences, which span from sedimentary basin analysis, geodynamics, volcanism and links with the Deep Earth, and connects to glaciology and ocean and climate evolution. CEED?s mandate is to explore how volcanism and plate tectonics change the environment through time. This topic is of special significance to CEED and GEO, to Natural Science students enrolled in the Norwegian graduate school DEEP (coordinated by CEED), and to University of Oslo and its strategy regarding Arctic-related research and education.
We propose to use the existent Arctic research and education platform built at CEED and GEO and, together with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), to seek collaboration with energetic, excellent research groups from Circum-Arctic countries like St. Petersburg University(Russia), University of Alaska and University of Texas(USA) and University of Ottawa(Canada, who have similar, but also complementary research and education expertise.
Building an informed platform for assessing our knowledge and need for new data and novel understanding of the Arctic region will require first assessing and understanding the accumulated information at each institute, bench-marking some results, running few pilot studies and developing a common structure for storing and sharing this information. These activities will offer a perfect environment for involving students and we plan to develop new courses and research-based educational activities. Planned activities include:
-Short and long-term reciprocal mobility (researchers and students)and joint supervision
-Organisation of workshop/international conference
-Development and implementation of 1 UNIS-UiO graduate course, and few intensive courses
-Guest lectures and joint teaching at existent summer and Arctic schools
-write joint research papers/proposals