Welcome Students Fall 2022

Join our tour as we walk you through campus to the Department of Earth Sciences.


 

Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences

Nearly everything that we do is connected to the physical Earth; it's lands, oceans, atmosphere, plants and animals; the materials used for our homes and offices, the clothes that we wear, our sources of energy, our drinking water, the air that we breathe and the food that we eat.  All of our high-tech tools, innovative clean energy solutions and critical minerals are derived from our planet. Study of the Earth Sciences offers an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding Earth systems, applying knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, computer science and mathematics to tackle complex global issues.  As our human population approaches 8 billion people, maintaining and improving the quality of life on this planet, and protecting threatened environments and ecosystems, requires an understanding and appreciation of Earth’s complex processes.

The 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) outline 17 actions necessary to addressing our most pressing global challenges by the year 2030, such as improving health and education, protection from natural disasters, reducing inequality, supporting economic growth while tackling climate change and preserving oceans and forests. Geoscientists and their knowledge of Earth systems and processes are critical to achieving these goals.

News Stories

PhD student Fateme Hormozzade interviewed by CBC National News and Radio

PhD student, Fateme Hormozzade, while working in the field with a team of scientists from the Geological Survey of Canada, was interviewed by CBC National news and radio. The team were in the field trying to get audio-magnetotelluric data for geothermal exploration purposes at Mount Cayley. This was also broadcast on the CBC live radio podcast.

Dr. Richard Ernst's Venus research in the Economist

At the recently concluded Geological Society of America meeting in Denver Dr. Richard Ernst, Scientist in Residence, in the Dept of Earth Sciences at Carleton, together with NASA scientists Dr. Michael Way and Jeffrey Scargle, presented evidence that in deep geologic time both Venus and Earth were water worlds with relatively stable and temperate climates. 

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