Earth, environmental, and planetary phenomena affect our daily lives as well as the future of our planet. Fundamental knowledge in the Earth and planetary sciences has a direct bearing on matters of urgent interest to scientists, policymakers, and the public. Understanding the historic fluctuations and human impact on the Earth’s climate allows societies better prepare for disasters, adapt to changing environments, and support effective climate action. Exploring how Earth compares to other planets and what occurs below its surface allows scientists to innovate new technologies and prepare for future space exploration. Investigating the way dangerous substances can move through groundwater helps keep our communities safe and healthy.
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities, our students and faculty seek to better understand the complex nature of our world, and positively impact environmental challenges faced across the globe.