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The Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) comprises the two departments of the University of London located in Bloomsbury: the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London, and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck College London. We are committed to staff engagement in knowledge transfer, exchange and enterprise to maximise the impact, reach and value of its expert knowledge and key research findings.

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Humanitarian Institute upcoming SDG Conference and Digital Health Masterclass

 The UCL Humanitarian Institute will continue its Series of Evening Conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals and Masterclasses on 31st May and 21st June, respectively. More...

Published: May 18, 2018 1:28:25 PM

Student Exercise at Rescue Global

Virtual Open Day for IRDR Postgraduate Programmes 30th May 2018

Join us on Wednesday 30 May between 12.00 and 14.00 UK time (British Summer Time) for the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction IRDR VIRTUAL OPEN DAY and ask staff and students anything you want to know about our postgraduate degree programmes. More...

Published: Apr 27, 2018 3:15:00 PM

Attenborough Opening K. Lonsdale Building

Kathleen Lonsdale Building Re-Opened by Sir David Attenborough.

Image: Sir David Attenborough with members of Earth Sciences Department.  View the image gallery of the event on UCL Flickr

Published: Apr 18, 2018 10:26:00 AM

The BBC BluePlanet

Newly discovered ocean plankton named after BBC Blue Planet.

Although measuring only thousandths of a millimetre, these plankton play a pivotal role in marine ecosystems as a crucial source of food for many ocean dwelling organisms. They are also incredibly valuable for studying the impact of climate change on ocean life now and across the previous 220 million years.
The plankton – called coccolithophores – are single cells surrounded by a calcite shell that varies drastically in shape across different species, acting as armour against predators.
“Although microscopic, the plankton are so abundant that they are visible from space as swirling blooms in the surface oceans, and form our most iconic rocks with their calcite forms making up the bulk of the white chalk cliffs and downs of southern England,” explained study co-author Professor Paul Bown.
It is the ability to produce this calcite shell that is being disrupted through ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is a symptom of climate change whereby rising atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, increasing its acidity.
By studying fossilised plankton shells or ‘coccoliths’ in samples from drilling down deep into the ocean bed, scientists can map the impact of climate change and other global events over a very long period of time and use this to inform what might happen to in the future.


Published: Apr 17, 2018 6:26:00 PM

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Second UCL Humanitarian Summit on 19th June 2018

19th June 2018, 09:00 – 17:00 More...

Published: Apr 17, 2018 10:02:00 AM

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