Professor Jan Inge Faleide received the Nansen Award for Polar Research for 2017 from the Fram Committee, writes the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in a press release. Faleide is professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, and leader of ARCEx work package 1 Basin Analysis. The award is shared with Elin Darelius, UiB.
Faleide is a geologist/geophysicist and has contributed specifically to marine geophysics and petroleums research, but also to other research activities related to the Polar areas and the Norwegian continental shelf. The prize was awarded at the Fridtjof Nansen memorial seminar at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on 10 October.
The award was presented by the Rector of the University of Oslo, Svein Stølen. The Nansen Award goes to a “Norwegian Researcher who has made a valuable contribution towards the research of the polar regions’ biology, geography (including ethnology and the like), geophysics, geology or oceanography”.
Faleide has participated in a number of research activities related to the polar regions. He is involved in the Centre of Excellence “Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics” (CEED), the Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx), and he has led a number of major projects, nationally and internationally, with a focus on integrating the geological and geophysical data to improve the understanding of important structures and processes on different scales.
“Receiving this reward is a great honour and inspiration for further work. Next year I will complete 40 years of continuous research in the north, and I do not plan to quit yet. For someone who has been working on the geology to understand the development of the polar region, it’s more exciting than ever. The access to relevant data has increased enormously lately, as a result of all polar nations’ data collection to document the shelf towards the north. This has contributed to new knowledge and increased international collaboration on polar research. We also look forward to the new Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon to take us into the ice for further exploration of an exciting area”, Faleide said in his speech upon receiving the award.