BGR Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

PANORAMA: Petroleum Assessment of the Arctic North Atlantic and Adjacent Marine Areas

Country / Region: Greenland Sea, Barents Sea

Begin of project: March 1, 2013

End of project: December 31, 2020

Status of project: April 1, 2018

With its land based and marine Arctic research, BGR has contributed for five decades to the understanding of the geological development of the circum Arctic continental marginsWith its land based and marine Arctic research, BGR has contributed for five decades to the understanding of the geological development of the circum Arctic continental margins Source: BGR

The project PANORAMA aims to clarify open questions in key areas of the Greenland and northern Barents Seas. The research program is focused on obtaining, with geological, organic-geochemical and geophysical methods, the necessary information on the subseabed structures of the northern North Atlantic and the adjacent northern Barents Sea in order to reconstruct the deposition history of the sediments at the seafloor since the beginning of the opening of the Arctic Ocean about 50 million years ago. Geomicrobiological methods will be used to investigate largely unknown carbon degrading microbiological communities in the sediments of this region. The knowledge about the microbiological processes can be useful for an estimation of possible ecosystem consequences of the use of arctic resources.

BGR’s applied research contributes to a knowledge-based estimation of the chances and ecological risks that result from the possible use of energy resources from the arctic area. The acquired information provides a basis for consulting services for politics, economy and the public.

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