The researchers from the Department of Geology concentrate on the study of Planet Earth. In particular we study the geosphere – the ‘solid’ Earth – and try to figure out the significance of processes in the geosphere with respect to the functioning of Earth’s systems from global to local scale. In our research we look into ‘deep time’, but always in the perspective of the challenges our society faces today and in the future. Besides the fundamental research questions, our research is often driven by societal and economic aspects of geology (e.g. non-renewable natural resources, geohazards, water, climate change, waste management).