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I am Senior Researcher at PGP (Physics of Geological Processes) at the University of Oslo. I am the scientific coordinator of the Fluid Earth Group at PGP, which involves activities on volcanic processes, CO2 sequestration, and petroleum systems.

PGP was a Norwegian Center of Excellence aiming to bring geologists and physicists to work together in order to get a better understanding of the geological processes. Although the CoE status of PGP ended, PGP activities continue in a group in-between the Departments of Physics and Geosciences.


News!!

8 May 2018 - Radio interview at NRK (Norwegian national radio)

I have been interviewed by the Norwegian national radio NRK to talk about the new, peculiar eruption of Kilauea, Hawaii. The interview can be listened clicking the link, searchin on "Vis mer", and selecting "28. Forsker Olivier Galland om volkanutbrudd". This was fun!


7 May 2018 - Volcanoes in the classroom

I visited the 5th class of the French school (Lycée René Cassin) to talk about volcanoes and their different activities. The feedback from the pupils was very stimulating. Overall, we performed funny experiments together, to illustrate the role of magma viscosity on the type of volcanic eruption (flwing "red" eruptions versus explosive "gray" eruptions). I sincerely thank Anne for organising this session with her class!


March 2018 - New paper accepted in the Journal of Geophysical Research

Our paper entitled Shear versus tensile failre mechanisms induced by sill intrusions - Implications for emplacement of conical and saucer-shaped intrusions, by Haug et al., has been accepted for publication in Journal of Geophysical Research. This paper implements an ambitious parameter study to predict the mechanical conditions that control tensile versus shear failure of sills host rock. It also shows how shear failure of sills overburden controls to a great extent the development of conical and saucer-shaped intrusions in nature.


20 February 2018 - 800 citations!

Yesterday I reached 800 citations on Scopus! This is just the beginning, given the number of papers in press or to be published soon.


February 2018 - New paper accepted in the Journal of the Geological Society

Our paper entitled From field analogues to realistic seismic modelling: a case study of an oil-producing andesitic sill complex in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina, by Rabbel et al., has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Geological Society. This study shows how to integrate large-scale outcrop mapping, virtual outcrop models, borehole data and seismic modelling to produce realsitic synthetic seismic images.


January 2018 - New paper accepted in Marine and Petroleum Geology

Our paper entitled Thermal impact of igneous sill complexes on organic-rich formations and implications for petroleum systems: a case study in the northern Neuquén Basin, Argentina, by Spacapan et al., has been accepted for publication in Marine and Petroleum Geology. This study shows for the first time how igneous intrusive complexes have triggered the formation of hydrocarbon field.


December 2017 - New Njord Center at UiO

The new Njord research center has been officially approved by the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo. This new center is an official recognition of the cross-disciplinary research between geoscientists and physicists at UiO. The Njord center officially starts on 1 January 2018!


December 2017 - Paper accepted in Physical Review Fluids

Our paper entitled Pattern formation of frictional fingers in a gravitational potential, by Eriksen et al., has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Fluids. I am proud of this paper, which is results from very interesting and fruitfull collaboration with my physicists colleages of the new PoreLab Center of Excellence.


November 2017 - Book chapter in VIPS book

Our chapter entitled Storage and transport of magma in the layered crust - Formation of sills and related flat-lying intrusions, by Galland et al., has been accepted for publication in the book to be published by Elsevier, entitled Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems. This paper is a comprehensive and didactic review of our understanding of igneous sills.


October 2017 - Paper accepted in Journal of Geophysical Research!

Our paper entitled Dynamics of sill and laccolith emplacement in the brittle crust: role of host rock strength and deformation mode, by Schmiedel et al., has been accepted for publication in JGR. This paper describes the first modelling study that simulate both thin sills and massive laccoliths. Our models show the first-order role of the brittle properties (cohesion) of the host rock on magma emplacement.


20th September 2017 - First GeoWednesday event

The 20th September was the first GeoWednesday event, organized by Edina Pozer (University Science Library). I gave a presentation on "Exploring volcanoes' roots - A journey to Patagonia and... Blindern's basement". The room was full, and I think it was a real success! The presentation was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the poster below.


GeoWednesday


September 2017 - Paper accepted in Journal of Geophysical Research!

Our paper entitled "Dynamics of Surface Deformation Induced by Dikes and Cone Sheets in a Cohesive Coulomb Brittle Crust", by Guldstrand et al., has been accepted for publication in JGR. It describes how the Coulomb properties of the the Earth's brittle crust considerably affects surface deformation patterns induced by the emplacement of dykes and cone sheets.


September 2017 - Paper accepted in Geology!

Our paper entitled Inelastic damage as a mechanical precursor for the emplacement of saucer-shaped intrusions, by Haug et al., has been accepted for publication in Geology. It describes how shear damage can be first-order mechanical precursors for the emplacement of saucer-shaped sills.


5 September 2017 - 700 citations in Scopus

My citations in Scopus reached more than 700 today! It is a nice personal landmark. Given the number of coming publications, this number is expected to take off during the coming years.


June 2017 - Paper accepted in Remote Sensing!

Our paper entitled "MMASTER: improved ASTER DEMs for elevation change monitoring", by Girod et al., has been accepted for publication in Remote Sensing. It describes the use of the open-source photogrammetric package MicMac to compute topographic data from ASTER satellite images.


May 2017 - In the classroom

I gave a presentation at the French School in Oslo on Volcanoes to pupils of 4th and 5th class. I thank the teacher Anne Bouillin who invited me, and according to her and many parents, the kids were totally hooked!

MatNat Faculty, UiO


March 2017 - Second paper accepted in Interpretation!

Our paper entitled "3D structure and formation of hydrothermal vent complexes at the Paleocene-Eocene transition, the Møre basin, mid-Norwegian margin", by Kjoberg et al., has been accepted for publication in the special volume of the journal Intepretation, on Subsurface expression of igneous systems and their impacts on petroleum systems (Eds: Christopher Jackson, Craig Magee, Nick Schofield, Simon Holford, Qiliang Sun, Stuart Archer).


January 2017 - Paper accepted in Interpretation

Our paper entitled "Mechanisms of overburden deformation associated with the emplacement of the Tulipan sill, mid-Norwegian margin", by Schmiedel et al., has been accepted for publication in the special volume of the journal Intepretation, on Subsurface expression of igneous systems and their impacts on petroleum systems (Eds: Christopher Jackson, Craig Magee, Nick Schofield, Simon Holford, Qiliang Sun, Stuart Archer).


December 2016 - Paper accepted in Journal of Geophysical Research

Our paper entitled "Inelastic deformation during sill and laccolith emplacement: insights from an analytic elastoplastic model", by Scheibert, Galland and Hafver, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research.


November 2016 - Paper in Journal of Geological Society

Our paper entitled "Igneous sill and finger emplacement mechanism in shale-dominated formations: a field study at Cuesta del Chihuido, Neuquén Basin, Argentina" has been accepted in the Journal of the Geological Society of London.


27 Feb. 2015 - Interview at the MatNat Faculty!

I have been interviewed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo to talk about my research activities, the Andean Geotrail, and my story that led me to become volcanologist. Find the full interview here. The article made it to the front page of the Department of Geosciences.

MatNat Faculty, UiO


The Andean Geotrail

To have news of the Andean Geotrail project, click here: Andean Geotrail.

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GeoWednesday, 20 Sept. 2017

GeoWednesday 20 September 2017


Argentina field trip, Neuquén 2014

New discoveries conference 2014

New discoveries conference 2014



The Andean Geotrail exhibition next to Statoil

New discoveries conference 2014

New discoveries conference 2014



The Andean Geotrail photograph exhibition

Perito Moreno Glacier

Chaitén Volcano