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Department of Stratigraphy

The department conducts research and consultancy on the geological evolution of sedimentary basins and their resources. Activities include the identification of geological strata of particular significance for e.g. geothermal energy and CO2-geological storage and exploration for hydrocarbons.


Lars Henrik Nielsen

Head of Department
Lars Henrik Nielsen
tlf.: +45
9133 3701

  Secretary, Hanne Beckwith Lehmann, e-post:, tel. +45 9133 3714

  Secretary, Astrid Schell , e-post:, tel. +45 9133 3706  

The main objective of the department is to describe and analyze the geological evolution of sedimentary basins and their resources in and around Denmark and Greenland based on data and samples from wells and outcrops. Research includes on clastic sedimentology, carbonate sedimentology, micro and macro-palaeontology, palynology and litho- and sequence stratigraphy, depositional models palaeogeography, -climate, -ecology, geothermal energy and geological storage of CO2. The department collaborates closely with the Geophysics and Reservoir Geology Departments in the interpretation and modeling in large scale projects and studies of source and reservoir rocks with the aim of assessing oil exploration opportunities in Denmark and Greenland.

The department provides consultancy to Danish and Greenlandic authorities and the industry on matters of oil exploration, geothermal energy and geological storage of CO2. The work of the department is mainly focused on Denmark and Greenland but is also involved in international research projects and commercial consultancy throughout the North Atlantic region and the North Sea (especially Norway and the Faroe Islands), the Baltic States, Greece, Vietnam and New Zealand.

The department has a biostratigraphic laboratory, modern microscope facilities with image processing for biostratigraphic studies, workstations for interpretation of petrophysical logs and seismic data, and modern drafting studio.


  • Hydrocarbon exploration in Greenland:
         Jens Jørgen Møller,, phone: +45 9133 3901
  • Research in Denmark:
         Lars Henrik Nielsen,, phone: +45 9133 3701
  • Services in biostratigraphy:
         Karen Dybkjær,, phone: +45 9133 3722
  • Geothermal energy:
         Lars Henrik Nielsen,, phone: +45 9133 3701
  • CO2 geological storage:
         Niels Poulsen,, phone: +45 9133 3730

All staff members in the department
Palynological, Micropalaeontological and Geobotanical Laboratory