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Earth, Life and Climate is an interdisciplinary programme combining biology, (geo)chemistry and earth sciences.
The programme Earth, Life and Climate aims at students with a Bachelor's degree in one of these disciplines and an interest in ecology, evolution or paleoecology. The programme focuses on 'system Earth' as a whole, studying the fundamental processes that drive natural systems, in particular those with a strong impact on the biosphere and biodiversity and the processes that determine the structure and evolution of natural environments at the Earth's surface, including soils, sediments, lakes, groundwaters, wetlands, estuaries and the oceans. These environments are interlinked by the hydrological cycle, and their chemistry is strongly influenced by biological activity. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between communities of living organisms and the changing lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Special focus lies on processes that have affected the Earth in the past (for instance the effects of climate change on the biosphere) to analyse future threats that might endanger our global system.
This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.
Integrated Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Systems :
This track aims at understanding the role of sedimentology and stratigraphy in reconstructing System Earth and basin fill history.
Climate Reconstruction :
Interpreting the fossil record of climate changes in earth history is the main focus of Climate Reconstruction.
Biogeosciences and Evolution:
The evolution of living organisms is strongly affected by changes in the hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. In turn, these changes are often caused or modulated by the activity of biota.
Environmental Geochemistry focuses on the processes that control the functioning of natural environments at the Earth's surface.
Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands