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Earth system sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology (ETH) and University of Zurich (UZH) work for a deeper
understanding of all domains of our home planet, from the inner Earth to
the continents, oceans, biosphere and atmosphere. We study structures
from the atomic scale to the planetary scale, and try to understand the
evolution of the planet in the past , as well as current and future
processes. This understanding is of increasing importance for our
civilization: mankind has an increasing influence on “system Earth” at
both a regional and global level. Earth’s future evolution, as well as
availability of resources such as petroleum and fresh water, and storage
of radioactive waste or carbon dioxide is challenges currently
In order to accomplish our goals we employ tools such as laboratory experiments, extensive field campaigns, computational simulations and remote sensing, for example by satellites. The Earth serves as a laboratory and an archive that can be used to understand long-term processes, which are often challenging to decipher, Investigations of this archive, which includes volcanic rocks, deep-sea sediments and ice-sheets in which long-term changes have been preserved, can prove valuable to understand our current problems: “the past is the key to the future”.
The history of the Department of Earth Sciences.
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