The Geodynamics team at the Geological Survey of Norway aims to increase our understanding of tectonic processes and their effects on local to global scales. 

Tectonic processes affect the deformation, uplift, and motion of Earth's crust and lithosphere. These processes are thus fundamental in shaping the surface on which we live: from the large-scale movements of tectonic plates, with associated mountain building and ocean floor formation, to the local-scale deformation by brittle faults. We use a geodynamic approach to address both the causes and consequences of tectonic processes. In our projects, we investigate the formation and evolution of passive margins, the interactions between tectonics and topography, the dynamics of subduction zones and mountain belts, and regional plate tectonic history. We work in close cooperation with national and international research groups and petroleum companies, using a range of geological and geophysical techniques including geodynamic modelling, structural geology, geochronology, seismic interpretation, and GIS analysis.

the teamAn example of spectacular, tectonically controlled topography in Norway. Looking across the sound of Sortland with a Jurassic basin remnant (below sea level), onto the upthrown footwall with high and alpinized topography. The hanging wall (foreground) is characterized by less high, less alpine topography with relict surfaces that dip towards the sound.

Annual Reports

A summary of the team's activities can be found in our Annual Reports.

Contact information

Geodynamics team
Geological Survey of Norway
Postboks 6315 Sluppen
7491 Trondheim

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