ECS Earth Structure and Dynamics

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European Geosciences Union

Earth Structure and Dynamics


Type of degree
Utrecht, Netherlands
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It links geological, geophysical, geochemical and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet.
Specialisation in any aspect of Solid Earth Science

The programme can be seen as combining physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology and field studies to address how the Solid Earth works. It allows specialisation in virtually any aspect of Solid Earth Science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry, with many students choosing a combined geology-geophysics focus.

Core areas of teaching and research include seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits and the properties of Earth materials. Processes addressed range from slow geodynamic processes, such as mantle convection, plate tectonics and mountain building, to those having an impact on human time scales. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity and volcanism, as well as subsidence, uplift and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.
Multiple scales