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GEO9912 – Geological Storage of CO2 – Introduction and Geological Constraints

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Course content

The course gives a general introduction to CO2 storage in geological formations and in depth theoretical knowledge required to estimate safe storage of CO2.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, students should have an understanding of

  • current science and engineering underpinnings of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)
  • the current state-of-the-art of research in the field of CCS
  • impact of CCS on the energy landscape, society, and climate as these topics govern the success of the research that is being carried out to solve one of greatest challenges of our generation
  • the physical and geochemical constrains of subsurface sedimentary systems affected by injection of CO2can identify and define the major processes and reactions taking place during geological CO2 storage
  • know to estimate storage capacity (static and dynamic)
  • training in writing a scientific report within a given topic in the subject


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

The course admits a maximum of 20 students. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, applicants will be ranked on the basis of grades and relevance.

The course is a part of a student exchange agreement between Colorado School of Mines (CSM), University of Oslo, and UNIS, and students must follow courses at all these three institutions to get admission to this course and to get a scholarship covering the overseas costs. See (LINK; TBA) for further information in admission and scholarship.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

All students must have a geo-scientific background, including being familiar to standard methods used in field excursions (required for the associated and compulsory field excursions held at UNIS in the AG-849 Geological Constraints on CO2 Storage (5 ECTS) course.

Basic training in chemistry and physical chemistry is required.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and geology. A MSc in a geological discipline is recommended.


First part of the course is held at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA. The part at CSM will provide a five day summer intensive course with lectures M-F: 9 am to 5 pm. There will be a half-day geologic field work focused on understanding the influence of geology on CO2 injectivity, storage volume, flow and transport, and trapping.

Students will then have time to go to UiO and follow teaching together with GEO5911/GEO9911. Theoretical lectures will be given in combination with computer modeling exercises.

PhD students will make a written report based on the lectures and a given topic. This will count as a part of the final degree (see Exams below).

Attendances at the first lectures both at CSM and UiO are compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Final written or oral exam counts 50%.

A written report based on the lectures and a given topic will count 50% of the grade.

Examination support material


Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This course will not be offered if less than four students are registered to the course.

Facts about this course






Spring 2017

This course will not be teached spring 2019.


Spring 2017

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