Volcanic basins are sedimentary basins with a significant amount of primary deposited volcanic rocks. The volcanic deposits and processes may have a major influence on the geology and petroleum prospectivity of sedimentary basins, including source rock maturation, fluid migration pathways, trap formation, and structural deformation.
Our main research effort is on magma-sediment interaction, petroleum geology of volcanic rifted margins, and seismic imaging and interpretation of volcanic complexes. Our research interests spans from cold seeps ecology to paleoclimate and magmatic petrology. Research results are also published in international journals and reports. See our comprehensive publication list for references.
Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs)
Hawaii as model for the Norwegian Sea (GEO June 2018 by S. Planke)
Lava flowing like large rivers down the flank of the volcano Kilauea on May 19, 2018 (Picture from USGS) analogue to buried lava flows mapped by VBPR on the Vøring Plateau.
VMAPP 1 and 2
The Volcanic Margin of Mid-Norway
Of the 180 000 sqkm currently available for oil and gas exploration in the Norwegian Sea, 50% is covered by volcanic rocks and/or influenced by volcanic processes. Of the 196 exploration blocks within this volcanic province, 58 (30%) are currently part of active production licences.