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SVALCLIME workshop: Deep-time Arctic climate archives: High-resolution coring of Svalbard’s sedimentary record

Longyearbyen, Norway
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Date: 18-21 October 2022
Location: In-person (UNIS, Longyearbyen, Norway) and online


The near-complete sedimentary succession preserved in high-arctic Svalbard archipelago provides a record of major global environmental changes during the Phanerozoic.

These sedimentary sequences are accessible for continental drilling (Smyrak-Sikora et al., 2021; Smyrak-Sikora et al.,
2022). The Deltadalen research drilling campaign in 2014 proved that stratigraphic drilling and full coring can be achieved both cost- and time-effectively (two 100 m deep boreholes coring the Permian-Triassic boundary in less than a week) with minimal environmental impact. In addition, hundreds of industry boreholes have been cored in Svalbard - notably for coal exploration and CO2 storage characterization.

We will hold a MagellanPlus workshop in Longyearbyen to develop one ICDP proposal, SVALCLIME, for systematic
high-resolution drilling onshore Svalbard.

The SVALCLIME project aims to drill five to ten shallow (<250 m depth) stratigraphic boreholes over 2-3 field seasons. The new cores will be integrated with the existing core material and key outcrop sections to generate an Arctic deep-time paleoclimate archive.

Main objectives of the workshop

  1. Discuss how and where to obtain high-resolution temporal and spatial core data spanning from the Carboniferous to the Eocene of Arctic Spitsbergen
  2. Assess drilling logistics and regulations, drilling rig, and environmental implications based on experience from the CO2 boreholes, Deltadalen Drilling Project, and coal exploration
  3. Discuss scientific objectives with focus on six themes:
    - Paleogene: PETM and Eocene Hothouse
    - Lower Cretaceous: HALIP and OAE1a
    - Jurassic: TOAE and end-Triassic extinction
    - Triassic: Organic-rich shales and Permian-Triassic extinction
    - Carboniferous
    - Slushball Earth
  4. Determining 5-10 short (<250 m) drilling sites which complement existing core and outcrop data

Agenda and registration

Please fill in the registration form online here:

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Financial support

Interested in joining but need financial support? We have some funds especially for Early Career Researchers – please apply for these funds by using the link:

Deadline: 31 July 2022

SVALCLIME project organizers

Kim Senger and Aleksandra Smyrak-Sikora (UNIS)
Sverre Planke and Morgan Jones (University of Oslo)
Denise Kulhanek (University of Kiel)
Valentin Zuchuat (RWTH Aachen)

More information

Follow the SVALCLIME project website for details:

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