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Prof. Dr. Christophe Pascal

Born 27/09/68 in León (Spain)                                                
French nationality
Married, two children

Short Curriculum Vitae

Christophe Pascal,

Since 2011 Full professor in Structural Geology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

Since 2005 Senior scientist at NGU (promoted to the highest government scientific research grade in 2007).

Since 2005 Visiting research fellow at Tectonics Group, Free Univ., Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1999-2005: Post-doc Fellow at Free Univ., Amsterdam.
1998-1999: Post-doc Fellow at Univ. of Bergen, Norway.
1998: PhD thesis in Tectonophysics (supervised by J. Angelier), Univ. of Paris VI, France.
1993: MSc ("DEA") in Quantitative Geosciences, Institut Français du Pétrole-Paris VI, Fr.
1992: MSc ("Maîtrise") in Theoretical Physics, Univ. Bordeaux I, France.

Major  Professional Activities

  • Project leader: confidential geothermal project 2009-2010
  • Project leader: The Møre-Trøndelag Fault Complex an integrated study 2007-2011
  • Project leader: HeatBar, Heat flow characterisation of the Barents Sea 2007-2010
  • Project leader: Impact of recent glacial erosion on subsurface temperatures 2006-2009
  • Co-ordinator of the TopoScandia initiative 2005-present

Research topics

  • Lithosphere dynamics and rheology
  • Heat flow/geothermy
  • (neo)Tectonics
  • Fault and brittle tectonics
  • Lithospheric stresses
  • Numerical modelling


Olesen, O. + 11 co-authors (including Pascal, C.), 2010. New aeromagnetic and gravity compilations from Norway and adjacent areas – methods and applications, In Vining, B.A. & Pickering, S. C. (eds) Petroleum Geology: From mature basins to new frontiers. Proceedings of the 7th Petroleum Geology Conference. Geological Society of London, 559-586.

Gee, D.G., Juhlin, C., Pascal, C., and Robinson, P., 2010. Collisional Orogeny in the Scandinavian Caledonides (COSC), GFF, 132, 29-44.

Pascal, C., Stewart, I., and Vermeersen, B., 2010. Neotectonics, Seismicity and Stress in Glaciated Regions, Journal of the Geol. Soc. of London, 167, 361-362.

Pascal, C., Roberts, D., and Gabrielsen, R.H., 2010. Tectonic significance of present-day stress relief phenomena in formerly glaciated regions, Journal of the Geol. Soc. of London, 167, 363-371.

Bungum, H., Olesen, O., Pascal, C., Gibbons, S., Lindholm, C., and Vestøl, O., 2010. To what extent is the present seismicity of Norway driven by postglacial rebound? Journal of the Geol. Soc. of London, 167, 373-384.

Gabrielsen, R.H., Faleide, J.I., Pascal, C., Braathen, A., Nystuen, J.-P., Etzelmuller, B., and O'Donnell, S., 2010. Latest Caledonian to Present tectonomorphological development of southern Norway, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, 709-723.

Gabrielsen, R.H., Faleide, J.I., Pascal, C., Braathen, A., Nystuen, J.-P., Etzelmuller, B., and O'Donnell, S., 2010. Reply to discussion by Nielsen at al.: Latest Caledonian to Present tectonomorphological development of southern Norway, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, 1290-1295.

Pascal, C., and Olesen, O., 2009. Are the Norwegian mountains compensated by a mantle thermal anomaly at depth? Tectonophysics, 475, 160-168.

Poutanen, M. + 17 co-authors (including Pascal, C.), 2009. DynaQlim – Upper mantle dynamics and Quaternary climate in cratonic areas, In New Frontiers in Integrated Solid Earth Sciences, S. Cloetingh and J. Negendank (Eds), International Year of Planet Earth Book Series, Springer Verlag, 349-372.

Slagstad, T., Balling, N., Elvebakk, H., Midttømme, K., Olesen, O., Olsen, L., and Pascal, C., 2009. Heat flow measurements in Late Palaeoproterozoic to Permian geological provinces in south and central Norway and a new heat-flow map of Fennoscandia and the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. Tectonophysics, 473, 341-361.

Ebbing, J., Gernigon, L., Pascal, C., Olesen, O., and Osmundsen, P.T., 2009. A discussion on structural and thermal controls of magnetic anomalies on the mid-Norwegian margin, Geophysical Prospecting, 57, 665-681.

Pascal, C., and Cloetingh, S.A.P.L., 2009. Gravitational potential stresses and stress field of passive continental margins: insights from the south-Norway shelf, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 277, 464-473.

Pascal, C., 2008. The biggest break-up, Nature Geoscience, 1, 499-500.

Doré, A.G., Lundin, E.R., Kusznir, N., Pascal, C., 2008. Potential mechanisms for the genesis of Cenozoic domal structures on the NE Atlantic margin: pros, cons and some new ideas, In: The Nature and Origin of Compression in Passive Margins, H., Johnson, et al. (Eds.), Spec. Pub. Geol. Soc. London, 306, 1-26.

Pascal, C., Ebbing, J., and Skilbrei, J.R., 2007. Interplay between the Scandes and the Transscandinavian Igneous Belt: integrated thermal and potential field modelling of the Central Scandes profile, Norwegian Journal of Geology, 87, 3-12.

Cloetingh, S.A.P.L. + 31 co-authors (including Pascal, C.), 2007. Topo-Europe: the geoscience of coupled deep Earth-surface processes, Global & Planetary Change, 58, 1-118.

Smelror, M., +15 co-authors (including Pascal, C.), 2007. Towards a 4D topographic view of the Norwegian Sea margin, Global & Planetary Change, 58, 382-410.

Pascal, C., 2006. On the role of heat flow, lithosphere thickness and lithosphere density on gravitational potential stresses, Tectonophysics, 425, 83-99.

Pascal, C., Roberts, D., and Gabrielsen, R.H., 2006, Present-day stress orientations in Norway as deduced from stress-release features. In In-situ Rock Stress, Measurement, Interpretation and Application (M. Lu, C.C. Li, H. Kjørholt and H. Dahle, Eds.), pp. 209-214, Taylor and Francis, London.

McCann, T., Pascal, C., Timmerman, M.J., Krzywiec, P., López-Gómez, J., Krawczyk, C.M., Rieke, H., & Lamarche, J., 2006. Post-Variscan (end Carboniferous-early Permian) basin evolution in western and central Europe, in European Lithosphere Dynamics, Gee, D., and Stephenson, R.A. (eds.), Geol. Soc. London Memoirs, 32, 355-388.

Pascal, C., Roberts, D., and Gabrielsen, R.H., 2005. Quantification of neotectonic stress orientations and magnitudes from field observations in Finnmark, northern Norway, Journal of Structural Geology, 27, 859-870.

Pascal, C., 2004. SORTAN, a Unix program for calculation and graphical presentation of fault slip as induced by stresses, Computers & Geosciences, 30, 259-265.

Pascal, C., Cloetingh, S.A.P.L. and Davies, G.R., 2004. Asymmetric lithosphere as the cause of rifting and magmatism in the Permo-Carboniferous Oslo Graben, in Permo-Carboniferous Rifting and Magmatism in Europe, Wilson, M., et al. (eds.), Spec. Pub. Geol. Soc. London, 223.

Pascal, C., and Angelier, J., 2003. SORTAN an analytical method to determine fault slip as induced by stresses, Mathematical Geology, 35/5, 627-642.

Pascal, C., and Cloetingh, S.A.P.L., 2002. Rifting in heterogeneous lithosphere: inferences from numerical modeling of the northern North Sea and the Oslo Graben, Tectonics, 21/6, p. 10/1-15.

Pascal, C., Angelier, J., Seland, R., and Lepvrier, C., 2002. A simplified model of stress-slip relationships: application to the Frøy Field, northern North Sea, Tectonophysics, 357, 103-118.

Pascal, C., 2002. Interaction of faults and perturbation of slip: influence of anisotropic stress states in the presence of fault friction and comparison between Wallace-Bott and 3D Distinct Element models, Tectonophysics, 356, 307-322.

Pascal, C., van Wijk, J.W., Cloetingh, S.A.P.L. and Davies, G.R., 2002. Effect of lithosphere thickness heterogeneities in controlling rift localization: numerical modeling of the Oslo Graben, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29/9, p. 69/1-4.

Pascal, C., and Gabrielsen, R.H., 2001. Numerical modelling of Cenozoic stress patterns in the Mid Norwegian Margin and the northern North Sea, Tectonics, 20/4, 585-599.

Pascal, C., Angelier, J., Cacas, M.-C., and Hancock, P.L., 1997. Distribution of joints: probabilistic modelling and case study near Cardiff (Wales, U.K.), Journal of Structural Geology, 19, 1273-1284.