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The Department of Geosciences was established within the Faculty of Science in April 2015. The Department brought together academic members, research and support staff who had been working in the Earth Sciences, mainly in the Department of Physics and the Physical Oceanography Unit. It has started off with 10 full-time resident academics and a number of research and technical officers, as well as postgraduate students.  

The three broad areas of research are Atmospheric and Climate Studies, Geophysics and Seismology, and Operational Oceanography. Within each of these areas, the members of the Department have, over the years, developed  monitoring activities which have become established on a national level, mainly the National Seismic Network, the Global Atmospheric Watch  station at Gordan Lighthouse, the  permanent sea monitoring systems and meteo/marine forecasting, and most recently the Air Quality Mobile Laboratory. All these systems boast state-of-the-art equipment that has been procured mainly by active participation in internationally funded projects. A wide range of academic research is also conducted within these areas.

Presently the Department offers two taught Masters courses, one in Applied Oceanography and another in Petroleum Studies, as well as Masters and Ph.D. programmes by research.  It also provides servicing to other entities through the delivery of a number of undergraduate study-units included in programmes of study offered by other departments and institutes.

Call for Research Support Officer with the Mobile Air Quality Laboratory
The University of Malta invites applications for a full-time Research Support Officer II/III in the Air Quality Laboratory of the Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science.

RSSD team visits Geoscience facilities in Gozo
Members of the Research Services Support Directorate (RSSD) recently accompanied members of the Department of Geosciences on a trip to Gozo.

Department of Geosciences in a number of major Interreg Italia-Malta projects
The Department of Geosciences has been highly successful in the number of projects approved under the current Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Operational Programme (2014-2020). 

20th annual ERVO meeting to be held in Malta
The Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group (Department of Geosciences) will be hosting the 20th annual ERVO (European Research Vessels Operators)´ group meeting at the University of Malta Campus in Valletta between the 12th and 14th June 2018.

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 

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.

Last Updated: 3 November 2015

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