Earth Science is vital to the future of society. Research into deep Earth processes that shape the planet, into the evolution and change of past and present Climate and into the scarcity of Resources such as economically relevant minerals, oil and water are fundamental to sustainable use of Earth’s resources. These research efforts require  a complex Earth system approach of both an experimental and theoretical nature. We use state of the art in-house and field laboratories, complemented with a suite of modelling and Earth Observation tools to achieve our research goals.

Within the VU University Amsterdam the complex issues of an increasing world population, the use of natural resources and the associated changes in the environments of people at the global level are recognised as vital areas to focus research resources. Earth Sciences take a leading role in the implementation of this theme.

The Department of Earth Sciences consists of 2 research clusters: