The research group investigates all kinds of landslides and the geological processes that can trigger slides and tsunamis.

Research activities of the LANDSLIDES group focus on the stability of bedrock, soil and snow in various types of slopes. Key aspects of the research include the reconstruction of landslide histories in the past and linking those to present-day active mass movements. This linkage allows deciphering controlling factors on slope stabilities such as climatic, topographic and geological conditions, and helps to better understand and handle present and future instabilities.

The LANDSLIDES Research Group consists of bedrock and quaternary geologists, hydrogeologists, marine geologists and physicists. There is a great potential for a number of cross-disciplinary research activities, as well as student projects from B. Sc. to PhD level.

The research group collaborates with public and private institutions such as the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), as well as with national and international academic institutions.

Research Projects 

  • Instrumentation of unstable rock slopes along E16, Norway
  • Evidence of tsunamis generated from rock avalanches in Storfjorden, Western Norway
  • Debris flows in land-use planning
  • Variation in pore pressure in a slope susceptible to debris flows, Anestølen, Western Norway
  • Avalanche and debris flow signatures in lake Anestølen, Western Norway
  • Rockfall hazard along a coastal recreation road – a case study from Stedjeberg (Sogndal, Norway)
  • Fjord-bottom topography, source areas for landslides and landslide history. Flåm; Aurlandsfjorden. Joint project with Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen.
  • Jostice 

Head of Research Group

bilde av Thomas Scheiber

Thomas Scheiber

Associate Professor