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Welcome to the new Department of Geosciences, which was approved by the University Council during its meeting of 17 April 2015.

With an ever-increasing awareness of the need for sustainable development, the understanding of geohazards, climate and ecosystem monitoring, vulnerability and risks, resource management and technological advancement, it is clear that a sound knowledge base about our planet, and more specifically, about our national terrestrial, marine and atmospheric environment, will assume more importance in the near future. Although the Maltese Islands are small in size, there is still much that needs to be better understood about the physical environment of our land and surrounding seas, their interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere, their relationship with the surrounding region of the central Mediterranean and the rest of the planet, and the impact on society in general.

Moreover, the very nature of Malta’s marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments link inextricably to the economic and social dimensions of human activity in the country.

The newly established Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science is intended to spearhead the response of the University of Malta to these challenges and opportunities. It is largely an applied research institution in the earth-related sciences, founded on a strong base of interdisciplinary science, with a focus on operational oceanography, seismology and geophysics, marine geology, and atmosphere and climate research. It will strive to be a national reference point for matters related to the scientific understanding of the land, marine and atmospheric environments, at local, regional and larger scales. It will, moreover, strive to be an exciting and challenging hub for student participation in fundamental studies and applied research, using the latest technologies and international opportunities.

The primary research areas within the Department of Geosciences are:

  • Atmospheric and Climate Studies
  • Geology and Geophysics 
  • Operational Oceanography


An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models
Scientists aboard the R/V Sonne (shown here) profiled the seafloor and subsurface structures near Ritter Island, north of New Guinea, in 2016. A large portion of this volcanic island collapsed and slid into the sea in 1888, making it an ideal case study for modeling volcanic collapse landslides and the tsunamis they generate. Credit: Christian Berndt

Small Earthquake near Malta
A small earthquake near Malta yesterday 8th August was recorded.

New book on Submarine Geomorphology

 Prof Aaron Micallef is co-editor of a Springer publication "Submarine Geomorphology".

Geosciences PhD graduand in the JRC
Malta's young scientists go to Ispra.

Post of Part Time Reseach Support Officer I
Call for Application for a Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I

JRC Malta Young Scientist Award
James Ciarlo` from the Department of Geosciences won the JRC Malta Young Scientist Award through MCST.

NEW B.Sc. (Hons) Geoscience and Physics
A new undergraduate course in Geoscience starting in October 2017 

Master of Science in Petroleum Studies
The Master of Science in Petroleum Studies is being offered again as from October 2017

New Zealand Expedition
 Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group on a two-month expedition in New Zealand to investigate offshore groundwater systems. 

ESC 2018
Valletta to host 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in 2018

Participation at AGU
Dr Sebastiano D’Amico and Ms Daniela Farrugia (Department of Geosciences) have participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco (USA) from 10th to 15th December 2016.

Outstanding Academic Title
The book "Earthquakes and their Impact on Society" has been selected by Choice magazine as"Outstanding Academic title" for 2016 

Multibeam Course
A HYPACK & GBT Offshore Mulitbeam Course is being held in September 2016. 

International Contribution
A CRG researcher is contributing to development of a new gas-phase-to-aerosol scheme in the state-of-the-art Regional Climate Model, RegCM4.

Department Transfer
As of 1 October 2015, the CRG has been transferred to the new Department of Geosciences.

Air Quality Mobile Laboratory
The acquisition of an air quality monitoring van has started a new research branch within the group.


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