MSc Applied Earth Sciences
The earth is our home, shared with millions of other living species. In order to make it a safe and sustainable living environment, we need to monitor and understand how the earth and its climate are changing due to natural processes and human interactions, and we need to be able to responsibly extract energy and other resources.
At the MSc programme Applied Earth Sciences, you study the part of the earth system that interacts strongly with society, namely the upper crust from a few kilometres depth up to the lower atmosphere. You will develop solutions to understand, monitor and predict processes within the earth system and to utilize earth’s natural resources in a responsible and sustainable way.
The programme has been divided into 4 disciplines:
- Climate & Weather: modelling and predicting atmospheric and climate dynamics.
- Earth Observation: advanced remote sensing techniques, geo-data analytics, geohazard and climate change monitoring and prediction.
- Geo-Energy: geothermal energy, underground storage of CO2 & H2, hydrocarbon engineering.
- Geo-Resources: critical raw material modelling, zero waste extraction techniques.
During the programme you develop in-depth knowledge in one of these disciplines and get acquainted with the other disciplines as well. This will enable you to master new knowledge throughout your professional life either in research or in engineering applications.
➨ Observe, characterize and model Earth system processes and assess the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors.
➨ Develop novel engineering solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of Earth's natural resources.
➨ Design and implement data science and modelling techniques.
➨ Design and execute a fieldwork campaign.
➨ Work and study in an international environment.
Climate and Weather
In this discipline, you will study physical phenomena in the earth system that vary from weather time scales to climate time scales.
Our Earth is changing due to the natural geophysical processes, climate change, land use, growing population and urbanisation. In this discipline, key questions are: how to improve our understanding of the underlying processes and how to make the right decisions for the future?
With a rise in the worldwide standard of living and a growing world population, the use of the deep subsurface is becoming more intense. At the same time, society requires an accurate estimate of the risks and environmental impacts involved with subsurface engineering.
This discipline includes the environmental and societal aspects to enable the development of innovative management of geo-resources with the objective of (zero) waste extraction and mitigating associated adverse impacts.