UCL Earth Sciences


Natural Sciences

Everything from the origin of the Earth to the History of the life it sustains

Modern Earth Sciences is as dynamic and diverse as the planet (planets!) it studies. We study everything from the origin of the Earth to the History of the life it sustains. We are an integrative, interdisciplinary, modern science. We use and apply state-of-the-art maths, physics, chemistry and biology on a daily basis to uncover fundamental knowledge about Earth and other planets. We apply that knowledge to practical issues like climate change and groundwater pollution. 

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Right here at UCL we use ground and satellite observations to see how fast the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets are melting and climate past and present. We study the fundamental motions that generate violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We look for new natural resources and study groundwater pollution. We look deep into the interior to see how materials behave at pressures a million times greater than the surface and temperatures as hot as the sun. We look past Earth to the solar system and beyond. 

In addition to an academic understanding of Earth structure, history and mechanisms, geoscientists work to provide solutions for problems in water supply, energy supply and conservation, construction and pollution control. 

Stream Leader:  Professor Pieter Vermeesch: 

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