Research in the IEPS is organized in themes spanning the entire Earth system from the atmosphere to the inner core.
Dr Philip Pogge Von Strandmann, W. Greenland (2013): Studying release of nutrients from glacial weathering of the continents, in order to constrain ocean carbon cycling and climate through glacial-interglacial periods.
Dr Dominic Fortes studies small samples of planetary ices using high-energy beams of radiation to understand geological processes on icy satellites, such as possible cryovolcanism on Saturn's moon Titan.
The joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute for Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) has generated substantial growth in research income, research outputs, citations, and training of young scientists since RAE 2008. Ranked 3rd in RAE 2008, the Institute provides a flourishing, dynamic environment in which to pursue our stated aims of research excellence and the beneficial application of knowledge. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment our GPA was 3.25% and that placed us in the 6th place in our subject area.
To these ends our research strategy seeks:
- broad-based engagement with our understanding of all components of the Earth system
- depth in key areas that forge links among sub-disciplines
- to strengthen existing links and build new ones to disciplines that enrich our understanding of the Earth as reflected in the initiation of the IEPS with joint appointments between UCL and Birkbeck, and joint appointments with Physics and Astronomy, Space and Climate Physics, the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), and Geography.
The IEPS takes full advantage of the wider strengths of the respective Universities through engagement with inter-disciplinary research centres and institutes, including the Institute for Origins via our leadership of the Centre for Planetary Science, and the UCL Grand Challenges in Global Health and Sustainable Cities.