Research Mission

The Earth Research Institute has defined five broad research areas:

  • Natural Hazards (NH)
    • Impacts of Earth processes on society: includes earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, droughts, storms, wildfires, erosion, and other natural processes.
  • Human Impacts (HI)
    • Impacts of mankind on Earth: includes pollution assessment and remediation, land use and land-cover change; food and freshwater security; anthropogenic forcing of climate change, erosion, and fire; biodiversity conservation; and natural resource management (forestry, fisheries, etc.).
  • Earth System Science (ESS)
    • The science of Earth's subsystems (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, biosphere and anthrosphere) and their interactions.
  • Earth Evolution (EE)
    • Investigation of the processes and rate of change in Earth tectonics, climate, and biota from Earth’s formation up to the present day.
  • Environmental Information Management (CS)