3k_brosjyre_arctic2017_side_1The Geological Society of Norway (NGF) invites to the 5th Arctic Conference Days in Lofoten, from May 28th – June 2nd.

The Arctic region is an area with large resources of petroleum and minerals creating an increased scientific, economic and political interest. The Arctic Conference Days is an event that combines 4 conferences in one, with sessions on Arctic energy, Uplift and erosion, Gravity and magnetics, and Mineral resources.

Key note speakers include Director of Exploration, Sissel H. Eriksen, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Bart W.H. Hendriks, Statoil, Dr. Michael Purucker, Chief of Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA and more.

The abstract submission deadline is March 1st 2017.

For more information, visit the conference website: www.geologi.no, or contact the conference organizers at:
ngf@geologi.no / Phone +47 73 90 44 68. Abstracts can be sent to ngf@geologi.no

Session details:

Arctic Energy 2017

29th -30th of May

The Arctic Energy is a forum for presenting and discussing recent developments and future challenges in the geological research, exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources in the Circum-Arctic petroleum basins. This includes Greenland basins, the Barents Sea, Lofoten and Vesterålen areas, Russian Arctic basins, North Canadian and Alaskian basins.

The conference invites participants from the petroleum industries, academia, governmental institutions, consultants and service companies. This is the fifth conference in the line of NGF conferences on Arctic geology and resources.

• Arctic plate tectonic and paleogeology
• Circum-Arctic Petroleum systems and play concepts
• Yet-To-Find petroleum resources in the Arctic
• Recent exploration successes and field developments, with a geological perspective
• Carbonate play concepts
• Unconventional resources in the Arctic
• Sequence stratigraphy as tools for play concepts


Cenozoic uplift, erosion and deposition – processes involved; onshore-offshore the NW European continental margin

May 29th -30th

The session aims to gather members of both academia and the industry to elevate the understanding of processes and timing of surface uplift, weathering, erosion, landscape evolution, tectonism and accumulation of the Cenozoic strata along the NW European margin.

The last decade a wealth of new data has been acquired and analysed focusing on the theme of uplift, erosion and deposition and along with improved chronological and modelling techniques, our understanding of the coupling between topography, surface erosion, deposition and tectonics has increased. We invite contributions and discussions on integrated studies based on geophysical and geological as well as geomorphological and geochronological observations, which address the evolution of topography, erosion and accumulation through time and their interactions between tectonic (including the lithosphere), heat flow and surface processes.

• Cenozoic deposits and depositional environments
• Quantifying and differentiating the amounts of Cenozoic uplift, erosion and deposition – methods and results (including results from basin modelling)
• Methods for constraining timing and spatial variations of uplift, erosion and deposition
• Processes causing uplift
• Linking onshore and offshore observations
• Implications for petroleum systems


iMAGINE – Integration of MAGNETICS and GRAVITY in northern exploration

June 1st – 2nd, 2017

GRAVITY and MAGNETIC data are crucial in the investigation of the subsurface in poorly accessible areas like the ARCTIC. Linked with knowledge and models of densities and magnetic attributes of sedimentary and crystalline rocks, advanced subsurface models can be derived. Further improvement can be gained by including geological analogues as well as by integration with other geophysical data. Data acquisition and drilling in arctic regions is challenged by extreme weather conditions, ice-covered waters and magnetic disturbances from the aurora borealis.

iMAGINE aims to bring together academic, governmental, and commercial communities from many parts of the world with the aim to present and discuss the latest advances in GRAVITY and MAGNETIC data interpretation, acquisition and directional drilling. In focus is the link to petrophysical parameters, petrology, mineralogy and geological processes, as well as integration with other data types. The regional focus is on the ARCTIC, adjacent areas as well as geological analogues on earth and other planets.

• Tectonic and crustal studies on all scales
• Plate tectonics, isostasy and dynamic topography
• Magnetic attributes and densities; mineral to lithospheric scale
• Exploration for hydrocarbons, minerals and geothermal resources
• Acquisition technology, directional drilling at high latitudes
• Satellite data, marine and airborne data
• Interpretation methods – processing, modelling and inversion

Mineral Resources in the Arctic

June 1st – 2nd

Mineral resources in the Arctic have been getting increased attention during the past decade. Recent discoveries and developments are showing the great mineral  potential in the Arctic, and Fennoscandia is established  as a major resource province in Europe. Several multinational project  have being carried out compiling data for mineral resource maps and databases in the Arctic with the recently completed Circum-Arctic project as an outstanding example. Several initiatives towards the establishment of a cooperative mineral research network in the Nordic region have been established with strong political backing.

New trends include the increased demand for minerals, including special metals, in the green energy  and other advanced technology, and the interest to go deeper with advanced 3D-technology and modeling. There is need for innovative and environmentally acceptable solutions for mineral exploration and extraction, also for mineral resources at the sea-floor.

At the Arctic Conference Days we wish to bring together researchers and developers working with mineral deposits in the Arctic or near-Arctic area of all continents to present and discuss current research and trends in mineral resource geology.

• Magmatic Ni-Cu-Co-PGE deposits
• Gold provinces and deposits
• Base metal deposits
• Special metal deposits
• Industrial minerals – e.g. apatite, diamonds, graphite, carbonate
• Archaean and Proterozoic iron deposits
• Metallogeny of the Arctic
• Seabed mineral resources
• The potential role of natural gas in the mineral-based value chain

1-day excursion

A one-day joint excursion in Lofoten is planned for Wednesday May 31st.