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Welcome to the Institute for Geology

The modern study of Earth Sciences involves the description and quantification of processes that control and continuously shape the Earth. The study of Earth processes has evolved to include numerous disciplines that address topics such as natural resources, geohazards, and global climate change.

At the Institute of Geology at the Leibniz University Hannover, research focuses on a variety of topics including the coupling of Earth surface processes (glacial erosion and sedimentation processes, evolution of topography under influence of surface processes and climate change) with subsurface processes (crustal deformation, evolution of orogens). Further research projects deal with numerical modelling of the interaction of tectonics and surface processes and with natural resources (evolution of sedimentary basins). Another field of research focuses on climate change and biogeochemical cycles in the geological past as well as on the correlation between marine and terrestrial strata.

Close collaboration in research and teaching at the GeoStandort Hannover exists between the Institutes of Geology, Mineralogy and Soil Sciences. Furthermore, the Institute of Geology is linked with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the Leibniz-Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and the Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie (LBEG).