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Marine Geological Field and Laboratory Course



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-04 - 2021-06-18

Objectives and Content

The course gives a practical introduction to the application of marine geological and marine geophysical instrumentation and field methods (seismic, multibeam and sediment sampling) for acquisition and analyses/interpretation of seismic profiles, bathymetric data and sediment cores. There will be a theoretical introduction on the methods applied in the field and in the laboratories. The students must carry out an interpretation on the acquired/retrieved acoustic data set and in addition describe and analyse the sediment core material and present and discuss the results in a report.


Principles of marine geology and geophysics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain principle terms, definitions and theories
  • can classify and exemplify the most important marine erosion and deposition forms that occur in glacial-interglacial environments
  • can explain the main features of the geological development history (marine and terrestrial) during late-glacial and Holocene time in the study area
  • can describe and explain the methods used to reconstruct the erosions- and deposition history of marine fjord and shelf basins and how it can be traced/correlated in geological archives


The student

  • demonstrate and practice skills in data collection both during field work and in the sediment laboratory
  • can compile, interpret and summarize different geological archives and observations/data/principles with graphs and figures with geosystem data (e.g. seismic profiles, core data, time series)
  • can perform interpretation and field and laboratory investigations on collected field data and compile these data archives
  • can do simple searches for relevant Earth Science literature and data, as well as cite sources correctly
  • can compare and discuss different geological processes that have implications for the use of dating methods and interpretation of dating results

General competence

The student

  • can use a precise geological language for describing and discussing marine geological processes and events
  • can plan and implement marine geological surveys and apply geological and geophysical methods and integrate, analyse, interpret and critically discuss the results and present the results in a written report
  • can present the data collection, methods, results and geological interpretation in a report describing both the stratigraphy and the geological processes in the study area
  • demonstrate the ability to function individually, in collaboration and ethically with others
  • can use library and scientific databases to retrieve relevant information
  • can accomplish laboratory and field work/cruise in alignment with GEO's/UiB's health and safety regulations


ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Machinery and operators