University of Gothenburg
Field station in Northern Sweden
The Latnjajaure field station outside Abisko, Sweden, has been home to research on ecosystems and climate change since 1990.
Photo: Jonas Stenström

Our research

At the Department of Earth Sciences, we study the field of Earth System Science which consists of nature and human society and their interactions in time and space. In an international, dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment, our studies address socially relevant challenges, such as climate change and adaptation towards a sustainable world.

Our expertise lies in the fields of geology, physical geography and ecosystem science. Our strong research areas are "Climate and Climate Change", "The Geosphere" and "Earth Surface Processes". We specialise in tools applied in these areas, such as dendrochronology, isotope analysis, GIS and remote sensing.

We host the Third Pole Environment (TPE)

The Third Pole Environment (TPE) is an international research programme for the interdisciplinary study of the relationships between the atmosphere, water, cryosphere, ecology and humanity in the region of the Third Pole.

Launched in 2009 with support from UNESCO and UNEP, the programme has since developed productive workshops, research and observation networks, and training courses for young scientists.

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg hosts one of five TPE centres in the world, led by Professor Deliang Chen. The other TPE centres are located in China, USA, Germany and Nepal. TPE coordinates about 100 researchers around the world.

Read more about the Third Pole Environment on the TPE website