We have expertise from all over the world: more than 250 people from over 30 different countries work in our department in Uppsala and at the university’s campus on the island of Gotland

Our Research

Our research ranges from the Earth's core to the atmosphere, from microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth up to the processes currently reshaping the planet. We map the development of Earth and life over billions of years and study the relationship between the atmosphere and the oceans with regard to climate change and sustainable development.

Applied research targets questions important to our civilization. Focus areas are environmental and natural resource issues, such as pollutants in groundwater, lakes and the sea, noise-pollution, prospecting for ores, minerals and fossil fuels, weather and climate forecasts, assessment of earthquake risks or investigations of areas for deep storage of nuclear waste or carbon dioxide.

PhD Studies

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Uppsala University has one of the most comprehensive academic departments of Earth Sciences in Europe, according to international assessments. Its unique width in education and research, and its extensive global fieldwork, contribute to our knowledge about the properties, systems and development of planet Earth.

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Centers and Networks

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The Department of Earth Sciences collaborates with many actors, both within and outside the University of Uppsala. Among them are the Centre for Sustainable Development, a collaboration with SLU to promote research and education in sustainable development, Centre for Natural Disaster Science which is a national resource center for natural disasters and the Swedish National Seismic Network which collects seismological data from earthquakes on behalf of the government.

Centers and networks

Zennström visiting professorship

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The ten-year visiting professorship in Climate Change Leadership, which involves a new professor being invited every year or two, is placed at Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD). The professorship is being funded with a donation by the entrepreneur Niklas Zennström to Uppsala University.

This year's visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership

Field work and excursions