Oetztal Alps in satellite image

Oetztal Alps in satellite image (Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2016, processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

Earth

The aim of the thematic area of Earth is to gain a deeper understanding of how planet Earth works. The focuses are on investigating the causes and evolution of the Earth's structure and dynamics in time and space, identifying long-term and short-term processes that have shaped the planet, studying geodynamics to explore their relevant relationships and changes, analysing connections with biological processes and, in collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences, tracing the evolutionary history of ecosystems and organisms.