University of Gothenburg
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Our research

At the Department, we study the field of Earth System Science which consists of nature and human society and their interactions in time and space.

Research themes

Our research themes overlap, creating synergies needed to address Earth System Science research questions. In what follows we describe the research within the themes in some detail. 

Our work falls under three main research themes:
●    Climate and Climate Change
●    Earth Surface Processes
●    Deep Earth Dynamics

Tools for Earth Science 

Within our three research pillars, we apply and specialize in a range of tools to find answers, including GIS and Remote sensing, Modelling, Dendrochronology, Isotope analysis, Geochemical tools, and field studies. Remote sensing technology from drones to satellites provide Earth observation and climate data from local to global scales. Use of Earth System Models facilitates integration of subject areas, process understanding of interactions among the components of the system including human activities, and prediction of changes under the influence of external forcing and internal dynamics. 

Data for climate studies

The Department offers several of data for Climate studies. The data set includes gridded observations, satellite products, global reanalyses data sets, and model simulations/projections from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). Please contact Tinghai Ou for more information.

Employees at the department find information at the Staff Portal


We are using the MOVE suite

The MOVE suite is a complete structural modelling and analysis software offered by PETROLEUM EXPERTS LIMITED. At the Department of Earth Sciences, we will use MOVE for undergraduate and graduate teaching, and for research projects within the department.

PETROLEUM EXPERTS LIMITED donates 10 licenses for the complete MOVE suite to the Department of Earth Sciences (Tab. 1)

Tab. 1: In the donation included products and their value, (Contract Ref: Agr_ULA_UniGothenburg_19_08_01; page 5).