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

Fadi H. Nader
5 July 2019
Fadi H. Nader (IFPEN) is appointed as professor of Multiscale Fluid-Rock Interactions at the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University.
Verzakte huizen
12 June 2019
A broad national consortium led by Utrecht University has received a 5 million euro grant to study soil subsidence in the Netherlands.
6 June 2019
The earth’s rotation has surprising effects on narrow, deep lakes such as Lake Garda, according to a new publication in Scientific Reports.
Sol in glas in lood
26 May 2019
Ten Utrecht-based researchers receive NWO Vidi grant. With the grants of 800,000 euros each, the laureates will develop their own, renewing research projects.

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13 September 2019 16:00 - 17:00
A Friday Earth Sciences Talk
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27 September 2019 16:00 - 17:00
A Friday Earth Sciences Talk
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11 October 2019 16:00 - 17:00
A Friday Earth Sciences Talk
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25 October 2019 16:00 - 17:00
A Friday Earth Sciences Talk

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