Overall Goal

In recent years, interest for minerals and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic has increased significantly. Studies on geological resources in the North American and European Arctic, Greenland and Asia have many similar challenges, and researchers working in these regions would therefore benefit enormously from cooperation and knowledge sharing, which is the aim of this Thematic Network. Common for all regions in the Arctic is that exploitation of minerals and hydrocarbon resources impacts significantly environment as well as the culture and economy of the indigenous peoples living in the region. Students educated at the network’s programs will be working on the exploitation of the minerals and therefore it is important for them to learn to understand the importance of indigenous issues.

Main Activities

  • Arrange workshops at partner universities
  • Facilitate exchange of students, researchers and teachers
  • Participate in joint proposals for external research funding
  • Develop learning materials and host common courses/joint educational programs
  • Offer access to laboratory facilities
  • Easy access to relevant Arctic geological data

Current and Planned Activities

  • New publication of the network: Kim Senger & Ivar Nordmo (2020): Using digital field notebooks in geoscientific learning in polar environments, Journal of Geoscience Education, DOI: 10.1080/10899995.2020.1725407, pdf file can be read here.
  • Establishment of Svalbox data-portal offering easy access to virtual outcrop models and supplementary geological material from Svalbard. Accessible at www.svalbox.no
  • Circum-Arctic NOR-R-AM collaboration project. The aim to set a scientific basis for deciphering the timing, driving forces and consequences of volcanism in the Arctic region. While educating the next generation of Arctic explorers, this international collaboration will also prepare a scientific platform for future large, collaborative research initiatives in the Arctic. More details available here
  • A highly successful AGU Chapman Conference on “Large-scale volcanism in the Arctic: The role of the mantle and tectonics” was held in Selfoss Iceland, 13-18 October 2019. 
  • A joint project on Mineral resources in the Arctic: International cooperative research and teaching has been established between eight universities. This project will arrange an international workshop, which will aims to promote research among the students and scientists, and a published online collection of research seminars; monthly published video on a subject related to the exploration of mineral resources in the Arctic.

Past Activities

  • The workshop related to the project “Circum-Arctic Geology for Everyone” led by Kim Senger and Maria Jensen has been successful at Unis (Svalbard, Norway). More information available here.
  • The summer workshop on "Mineral resources in the Arctic", Norway 11 to 13 June, 2018.