Research at the Department of Energy Resources

The main research areas at the department are energy resources, technology for increased oil recovery (IOR), decision analysis, and geosciences.

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    The National IOR Centre of Norway

    Awarded by the Research Council of Norway after a national competition, The National IOR Centre of Norway started up in December 2013. The Centre provides solutions for improved oil recovery on the Norwegian continental shelf through academic excellence and close cooperation with the industry. The goal is to develop new knowledge and technology in order to increase recovery beyond projections under today's field operation plans.

  • geophysics


    Geophysics uses measurements of physical quantities to make inferences about the geological properties of the Earth and other planets. Geophysical methods are used in many fields of science and engineering. Specialized areas include environmental geophysics, exploration geophysics, and near-surface geophysics.

  • GIS

    Geographic information science

    Geographic information science (GIS) research focuses on the analysis of spatial relationships, defining uncertainty, and using GIS for decision-making.

  • structural geology

    Structural geology

    Structural Geology is the study of tectonic deformation. We focus on the deformation of the upper crust and how it affects erosion and sedimentation in sedimentary basins, forms faults and folds that compartmentalize reservoirs, and makes ductile materials, such as salt, flow.

  • Regional basin studies

    Regional basin studies

    Basin scale studies focus on improving the understanding of paleogeographic evolution, tectonic and sedimentary interaction, and petroleum systems by integrating surface and subsurface data.

  • provenance


    Provenance research tracks the transport routes of sediment. Such research is done for various reasons, such as paleogeographic, paleogeologic, and tectonic reconstructions of basins, basin surroundings, and continental-plate configurations. The research can help to reconstruct both basin and basement evolution, for instance by estimating erosion rates. It also can be applied to archeometry to reveal the origin of materials used by early humans, and in forensic sciences.


    Light detection and ranging

    Light detection and ranging (lidar) research focus on the planning and collection of lidar data as well as the processing and interpreting of 3D outcrop models.

  • Decision & data analytics

    Decision & data analytics

    Value can only be created through our decisions. Uncertainty is inseparable from all significant decisions. You can’t make good decisions without embracing uncertainty.

  • smart water illustration

    Smart water

    Smart Water for enhanced oil recovery is a research field at UiS.