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Our researchers are addressing some of the most significant research themes in the Earth sciences, including global change, biosphere-hydrosphere-geosphere interactions, physical landscape and environmental dynamics, natural resource exploration, the Anthropocene, and the long-term evolution of the Earth and its planetary systems.

The 2013 QS Worldwide University Rankings placed Cardiff's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences among the top 100 in the discipline. The School comprises more than 30 research-active members of staff, including two Fellows of the Royal Society. Collectively, our researchers have brought in over £12M of research income since 2008, publishing high-impact science in the world's best academic journals.

Three Research Themes organise our activities into distinct Research Groups:

Solid Earth: Magmatism & Metallogenesis | Geodynamics

Climate & Life: Palaeoclimate & Climate Systems (PACS) | Palaeobiology

Environmental Science & Policy: Earth Surface Processes | Geomicrobiology

Committed to research projects with real societal impact, the School is also engaged in a number of large-scale, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary programmes, including the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), the Severn Estuary Gateway, the Great Western Four (GW4+) Doctoral Training Partnership, Cardiff's Sustainable Places Research Institute, and the new Africa Geoscience Initiative.