The Earth Sciences are concerned with the study of the Earth, its origin, structure, composition and history. A wide range of ideas from many scientific disciplines including chemistry, physics and biology are integrated and applied to complex problems including the environment in which we live, the history of life itself, and the nature of the processed which shape the planet.
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. And we apply that knowledge to practical issues like climate change and groundwater pollution.
Right here at UCL, we use ground and satellite observations to see how fast the Arctic and Antartctic 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.
There are two streams offered by the Earth Sciences Department:
For more information on UCL Earth Sciences, please visit the Department of Earth Sciences website.