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We teach and research in a wide arena of Environmental Earth Sciences including geohazards, geophysics, sedimentology, land-ocean interaction, hydrogeology and hydrology, volcanology, geochemistry, palaeoclimatology and palaeoceanography.


We have cutting-edge laboratory and field equipment, including a world class stable isotope laboratory, chemical analytical facilities, a sedimentary fluid dynamics laboratory and experimental facilities for investigating magmatic conditions in volcanoes.


Earth Science at UEA employs fundamental mathematical, physical, chemical and biological principles to quantify, understand and predict natural processes and their products. We also use the geological record to understand how rates and scales of mechanisms change over time and to identify extremes not observed today.


Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes and extreme floods are driven by natural processes such as the movement of tectonic plates and the interaction between water and the Earth's surface. Understanding how these events occur, and predicting when and where they might recur, is the domain of the environmental Earth scientist.


Investigating the relationship between geological processes and groundwater flow and exploring approaches to protecting surface water and groundwater resources from contamination and over-exploitation are also key areas of research. We collaborate with mathematicians, modellers, chemists and social scientists at UEA and in universities, research institutions and industry worldwide.

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