Open seminar and public presentation of the IODP Expedition 396 research group

Mid-Norwegian Margin Magmatism and Paleoclimate Implications

All welcome to an open seminar held in room M102 at the University of Akureyri. The seminar will be held in English.

Lecturer: Sverre Planke (IODP Expedition 396 research group, University of Oslo & VPBR AS)

Icelandic collaboration:

  • Oddur Þ. Vilhelmsson (Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences, University of Akureyri)
  • Anett Blischke (Marine Geosciences, Iceland GeoSurvey)
  • Árni Hjartarson (Onshore Geology, Iceland GeoSurvey)


North Iceland is a fantastic natural laboratory for viewing active volcanic and tectonic processes and observations of their impact on climate and natural habitats. The International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition - IODP Exp. 396 scientific expert crew will meet for a week-long post-cruise workshop and field trips at the University of Akureyri between the 17th and 21st of June 2024. We invite the public for an open seminar on Tuesday, the 18th of June 2024, from 13:30 to 14:30 in lecture hall M102, Sólborg, at the University of Akureyri. The scientists from 14 different countries are experts in their research field on a global scale. The post-cruise workshop aims to share and discuss research results and publications, foster new collaborations, and identify research gaps that need to be addressed in the future. Expedition 396 has successfully concluded the drilling and coring of 21 research wells on the ocean floor across the mid-Norwegian Margin. This region and available data represent a unique global example of a volcanic-rifted margin that gives us an analogue scenario in comparison to the early formation processes of Iceland, which are now below the ocean floor. The primary purpose is to investigate the hypothesis that the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was caused by the hydrothermal release of carbon in response to magmatic intrusions and/or flood basalt eruptions that had a substantial impact on climate approximately 56 million years ago. The obtained data provide new constraints for geodynamic reconstruction models to explain the rapid emplacement of large igneous provinces and their impact on the surrounding regions, as well as on a global scale. The acquired data give an excellent petrophysical input and imaging support for core analyses of complex and diverse volcanic and volcaniclastic intervals across the terrestrial to marine transition. Deep subseafloor geophysical data imaging can be compared directly with the Iceland onshore analogue setting for their correct morphological type, volcanic reservoir, and volcanic process descriptions. This research is fundamental for increasing our understanding of volcanic reservoir characteristics and the impact of large-scale volcanic events on the climate, which is needed in climate research, carbon sequestration, or geothermal research.

All welcome!