The focus of this theme is on understanding the fundamental physical, chemical, biological and anthropogenic processes occurring on planet Earth by using various types of Earth observations (direct, proxy and remote sensing) and modelling.
This theme covers the following essential fields and the links between them: geology, geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, soil science, vegetation dynamic, oceanography, ice sheet dynamics and human impacts.
Quantifying and understanding the earth system is of enormous importance as it underpins our knowledge of natural hazards, weather, climate change, food and water security, natural and economic resources, and the impact and possible mitigation of direct human impacts on the natural environment.
The Partners have world-leading expertise in environmental modelling, fieldwork (oceanic, coastal, lake, riverine and terrestrial), sedimentology, mineralogy, radiogenic and stable isotope tracers, and earth observation. These world renowned experts work on geomorphology, hydrology, vegetation, fire dynamics, soil development, ice sheet and sea ice dynamics, oceanography, climatology, greenhouse gases, atmospheric dust, natural and economic resources and natural hazards.