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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.

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.

Last Updated: 3 November 2015

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