When geosciences tell us more about planet Earth
European Commission. European Research Council Executive Agency
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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Earthquakes and tsunamis, like the ones that struck Fukushima in Japan in March 2011, are examples of natural disasters with dramatic consequences. Earth Sciences or “Geosciences”, known as Sciences of the planet Earth, are disciplines which could help to better predict or reduce the damages that would occur in such circumstances. Geosciences embrace disciplines as diverse as volcanology, climatology, atmospheric sciences, seismology and oceanography. Geoscientists aim to better understand the interactions between the Earth's geology, atmosphere, oceans, biosphere and the human responses towards them.The European Research Council (ERC) that funds junior and senior world-class researchers based in Europe, is keen on promoting fundamental research in all areas, including Earth Sciences. Around 150 projects are currently being funded by the ERC in this field, with a total budget of € 270 million. Whereas some projects clearly fall into the ERC “Universe Sciences” or “Earth system Sciences” panels, others have an interdisciplinary nature, for instance projects looking at the impact of natural hazards on populations and environment. Determined by policy-makers as an ever important field of research that knows no boundaries, Geosciences have acquired a higher visibility across the globe, including the US academic curricula. Many ERC projects in the Geosciences address key societal challenges. The projects presented in this brochure, are investigating the role of organic aerosols in climate change and air pollution, the long-term management of forests in the preservation of the ecosystem, microscopic processes that govern the flow of magma in volcanic eruptions, the development of a new 3 dimensional model of the Earth’s mantle or monitoring of the atmosphere through GPS for predicting tsunamis.
Citation“2013. When geosciences tell us more about planet Earth. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
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