Submarine slides

Mapping of submarine slides is an important activity for marine geologists. The team has been involved in a wide range of mapping and research projects both in the fjords and on the continental shelf.
The upper part of the Trænadjupet Slide on the shelf edge off the Lofoten Islands.

NGU maps sediment layers (stratigraphy) and submarine slide activity in Norwegian coastal and sea areas. Many submarine slides have occurred on the continental slope, off Mid-and North Norway, between and during ice ages as well as after the latest glaciation that ended 10,000-15,000 years ago. The Norwegian oil industry operates in a marine environment, and is therefore interested in the results of our research. Their industry is dependent on stable seabed conditions which are conducive to a safe working environment. The Marine Geology team at NGU was heavily involved in the International Centre for Geohazards (ICG) through the project "Offshore Geohazards". Here we studied submarine landslide processes in Finneidfjord og Trondheim harbour, as well as on the continental slope. NGU also assisted assessing risk during the preparation stage of the Ormen Lange natural gas field which is located in the huge scar created by the Storegga Slide outside Mid-Norway.

Research on submarine slides in the fjords has been carried out in a variety of projects that evaluate the risk cables and pipelines on the seabed are exposed to. We also examine the link between terrestrial and submarine landslides and their deposits as slides from land into the fjords cause tsunamis.

Relaterte prosjekter

MAREANO maps the bathymetry, seafloor conditions, biodiversity, geodiversity and sedimentary contamination along the Norwegian coast and sea areas.