The education and research programs in our department aim to explore the various disciplines associated with the Earth's environment, including the prevention against geologic hazards, material circulation, palaeontology and natural resources.
Our research fields are divided into the following five subjects:
We are joining in the activities of IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) and IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Program), and overseas projects of scientific surveys, and doing joint research with many invited scientists from foreign countries.
The roots of our present department began as a Geology Course in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, when the new Japanese university system started in 1949. At that time, the department had only four teaching staff. Then, in 1967, the course (now containing 5 staff ) was separated into the Department of Geology in the Faculty of Science (3 staff) and the Department of Geology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (2 staff).
Following the world-wide revolution of earth sciences in the 70's, the department in the Faculty of Science changed its name to the Department of Earth Sciences in 1978, which at that time included four main disciplines; petrology and mineralogy, paleontology, geochemistry, geophysics. The aim of the new department was to study from a global point of view. Between 1978-1980 the department was expanded, with the addition of nine new staff; four of them were called back from various institutes and universities in America and Europe, whilst the other five were from the Geological Survey of Japan (1 staff) and domestic universities (4 staff).
In recent years, the department has been concerned with natural hazards
and environmental disruptions such as the large earthquake in Kobe, the
volcanic eruptions of Mt. Unzen and Mt. Usu, global warming and acid rain.
Our university was asked to contribute to, and cooperate with, the local
community by addressing environmental problems. Therefore, in 1995 the
Department of Earth Sciences changed its name to the Department of Earth
and Environmental Sciences and combined with the Department of Geology
in the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The theme of this new department was "Global
relationships between humans and the Earth". Our Masters course began
in 1982, and in 1998 we combined with the Faculty of Engineering to make
a new Doctors Course.
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