An integrated approach toward understanding our planet
Main Sustainable Development Goals for the Department of Earth Sciences.

In studying the system Earth and other planets, the Earth Sciences contribute to answers on social and economic questions that concern: 

  • the natural means of existence (water, energy, raw materials),
  • the terrestrial environment (including remediation of pollutions),
  • natural hazards and disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods),
  • and the use of terrestrial space (specifically near surface and underground space).

Through our work, we contribute in particular to 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as set by the United Nations in 2015.

The Earth Sciences are a multidisciplinary science in which the principles and methods of physics, chemistry, geology, biology, mathematics, and computational sciences are integrated. We specifically develop new scientific hypotheses, methods of data analyses, and experimental and observational techniques that enable us to reconstruct and predict the interactive behaviour of the solid Earth, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere, on scales ranging from seconds to billions of years, and from nanometers to the entire globe. We honour James Hutton’s early insight that "from what has actually been, we have data for concluding with regard to that which is to happen thereafter".

Our research focus is on 4 major aspects of the natural Earth:

News

Nationaal Politielab AI
15 January 2019
The lab is the ideal facility for young scientists to conduct research into ways that artificial intelligence can support police work over the coming years.
8 January 2019
Erik van Sebille, an expert in the area of plastic soup and ocean currents, and Niko Wanders, a drought expert, have both won the UU Publi Prize.
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17 December 2018
ECHO grants offer researchers the opportunity to develop creative, risky ideas that can be the seed for research themes of the future.
6 December 2018
Utrecht University researchers Maarten Kleinhans, Appy Sluijs, Marleen van Rijswick and others argue that we must rigorously adapt to sea level rise.

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Events

E.g., 01/17/2019
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24 January 2019 09:00 - 18:30
At the Pathways to Sustainability conference all sustainability related researchers and partners come together at TivoliVredenburg.
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25
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25 January 2019 16:00 - 17:00
To be announced

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