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
- Discuss how and where to obtain high-resolution temporal and spatial core data spanning from the Carboniferous to the Eocene of Arctic Spitsbergen
- Assess drilling logistics and regulations, drilling rig, and environmental implications based on experience from the CO2 boreholes, Deltadalen Drilling Project, and coal exploration
- 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
- Slushball Earth
- 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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZ
Deadline: 30 September 2022
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3tcoUReo
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)
Follow the SVALCLIME project website for details: