ARCEx – a multi-disciplinary research centre

ARCEx consists of a complex research program covering complementary subject fields such as geology, environmental risk and technology. Education and training is an integrated part of ARCEx.

ARCEx is sub-divided into five interconnected work packages addressing different research objectives.

WP1 Basin analysis: to understand the regional geology and tectonic evolution in the Barents Sea region and to provide a better basis to assess the petroleum potential and reduce exploration risk in the north.

WP2 Petroleum systems and play concepts: to provide detailed knowledge on basin characteristics, summarised in detailed paleogeography reconstructions to improve prediction of the resource potential of the Arctic Basins.

WP3 Environmental risk management: to develop new environmental risk management approaches tailored to the unique exploration and future operational challenges for Arctic areas.

WP4 Technology for eco-safe exploration in the Arctic: to develop the best possible geophysical data acquisition strategies to use – both with respect to the environment and data quality.

WP5 Education and outreach: to offer international top-level petroleum geology, geophysics, biology and ecotoxicology education and to ensure that highly competent candidates will provide a pool of experts for the industry and academia.