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UBC: Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

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Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science at UBC

The research focus of the our department extends from pure science studies of the earth`s deep interior, through near-surface geological studies and environmental earth science, to the oceans and atmosphere. To realize their research objectives, UBC earth scientists draw on a broad base of knowledge from the basic sciences of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. An integrated approach is increasingly required to understand the complex interactions due to human impact on the earth in such problems as climate change, resource exploitation and waste disposal. One specialized group is the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) which undertakes programs supported by the mineral exploration industry.

The Department maintains active ties with the mining and petroleum industries, consulting firms and government labs where many students find employment during summers and after graduation.