Earth sciences encompass the range of scientific methods employed to develop a better understanding of our planet and the fundamental processes which shape the world in which we live. Researchers and students in the Department of Earth Sciences investigate planetary evolution and the origins of life, the nature of planetary interiors, the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the evolution of life, and the functioning of the carbon, ocean and climate systems. Observations made in the field, or through satellite measurement and seismic monitoring are supported by laboratory techniques including geochemistry, petrology and palaeomagnetism. Our research informs society about issues from hazards and natural resources, to management of the environment.
Support for the Department can make an impact in many different ways. Gifts to the Annual Fund support the field teaching programme, training the next generation of earth scientists, who might go on to support communities at risk of earthquakes, supply rare earth minerals for future technologies, or mitigate climate change. You can find out more about field teaching at: http://blogs.earth.ox.ac.uk/alumni/
Support for research posts, from studentships to Chairs, ensures that the most important questions can be studied by the best minds available, independent of political or economic pressure. Investment in facilities, from microscopes to research labs, allows students and researchers to benefit from the enhanced investigative techniques which modern technology can offer.
The Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford is extremely grateful for support at all levels, and particularly to those individuals and organisations whose donations have made a difference already.