Earth Science is the scientific study of Planet Earth and its geologic systems and processes. It includes the research of Earth’s structure, minerals, soil, atmosphere, as well as water and energy resources. Combining the fields of geology, physics, chemistry, biology, an earth scientist explores how Earth’s natural systems work today, how they operated in the recent and ancient past, and how we expect they may behave in the future. Earth Science is relevant to us all, every day.
The Department of Earth Sciences offers students a modern educational program leading to a BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, and our Graduate Program offers students the opportunity to pursue MSc and PhD degrees. We provide high-quality education in geology and geophysics to prepare students for a wide range of socially and ethically responsible professional careers. All our students will take part in innovative projects which are part of our Faculty member’s wide-ranging research activity.
Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to formulate solutions to various geoscience problems. They will further have demonstrated an awareness of the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities in the exploration and exploitation of energy and natural resources, and a concern for major regional and global social and environmental issues.
The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University is an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in geology and geophysics, and is among the leading geoscience centers of education and research in the Middle East. Graduates can join both the local and international petroleum industry or may find career opportunities in governmental and non-governmental institutions. PhD graduates can also choose to pursue academic careers with universities in the UAE and abroad.
Faculty of the Department of Earth Sciences are engaged in research from a wide range of disciplines, which include studies of Earth’s surface and deep processes, geophysics, tectonics, sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, petrology, geological hazards, and environmental geoscience. Studying the Earth and the Solar System is fundamental to understanding the processes by which the Earth and other planets formed, allowing life to prosper. There are also compelling societal needs for improved understanding of the atmosphere and oceans, and climate change in particular, presenting major challenges for the scientific and engineering communities.
Our research is fundamental in nature, but it underpins many of the most pressing societal questions of our time: climate and environmental change; natural hazards; natural resources; the origins of life both here on Earth, and elsewhere.
Our ability to forecast the impact of human activities relies on our understanding of the Earth system. For the above mentioned reasons, research areas of Earth Sciences faculty address the broad areas of Earth systems sciences, geochemistry, sedimentology and sedimentary basin analysis, reservoir characterization, and exploration geophysics.
These are aligned with the KU priority research areas of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, and Water and Environment.