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The Geosphere

The Geosphere is one of the Department of Earth Sciences' strong areas of research. In our studies, we seek to understand both present-day geodynamic processes on Earth and the evolution of the Earth and other terrestrial planets during the history of the solar system.

The geosphere affects the atmosphere, oceans and critical processes such as water cycles and biogeochemical cycles. Rocks, minerals and the landforms found both on the Earth's surface and in its interior are the focus of our research.

Research areas

In the Geosphere research area we study, among other things:

  •     Geothermal energy
  •     Ice dynamics
  •     Mineral resources for a green economy
  •     Subduction zone processes and links to natural disasters
  •     Climate change in the geological past
  •     Development of new geochemical and petrophysical tools
  •     Groundwater resources


Research groups

Hydrogeology Group

This research group is involved in basic research and teaching in hydrogeology, hydrogeological contamination and hydrogeochemistry. There are two main research topics within the group: freshwater resources under changing environmental and climatic conditions and the behaviour of subsurface contaminants.

More information on the Hydrogeology Group website

Microgeochemistry Group Gothenburg MG3

The Microgeochemistry Group combines aspects of the traditional fields of geochemistry, petrology and mineralogy to unlock a rich archive of information stored in earth materials on a sub-mineral scale. The group’s strength is the combination of excellent state-of-the-art micro-analytical equipment with leading experts in geochemistry and petrology.

More information on the Microgeochemistry Group website


Research funding and collaboration

Our research projects are mainly funded by the Swedish Research Council, Formas, STINT, and Horizon 2020.

Research methods

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have some of the best facilities for mineral analysis in Sweden.