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Jacobs currently has geochemistry research focused on
environmental geochemistry and marine geochemistry

  • Environmental Geochemistry - please click here for more on our current research projects.
  • Marine Geochemistry - please click here for more on our current research projects.


 At Jacobs University, our geophysics program currently has three main focuses: applied geophysics, space physics, and planetary geology. 

  • Our applied geophysics area currently focuses on Petroleum Systems Modelling, Seismic Exploration, Gas Hydrate research and Marine Geophysics.
  • Research activities in Space Physics include auroral plasma physics, analysis of multi-spacecraft observations in geospace, and the study of how geomagnetic variations affect System Earth.
  • Research areas for Planetariy Geology include various aspects of Comparative Planetology, such as: aeolian, fluvio-lacustrine, glacial fluid escape processes, impact cratering and the study of Terrestrial (geological) analogues for better interpreting space-based data and planning future exploration. (Big) data discovery, access and analysis for planetary science is also covered. Relevant projects include: - - For more information please get in touch with A. P. Rossi (
  • For more information on Jacobs research projects in Geophysics, click here.
  • For more information on Jacobs research projects in Planetary Sciences, click here.


Oceanography at Jacobs is divided into four areas of emphasis: 

  • Biological Oceanography: examines the processes governing the distribution, abundances, and production of plants, animals, and nutrients in the oceanic ecosystem. Emphasis is on investigations of bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthic organisms. Progress entails identifying the patterns of variability in space and time, determining the processes producing and maintaining the patterns, then quantifying the processes.
  • Chemical Oceanography: investigates the complex chemistry, distribution and cycling of dissolved substances, nutrients, and gases in seawater, the mechanisms controlling them and their origins and fates.
  • Marine Geology & Geophysics: studies marine sediments (their formation, transport, and deposition); ocean basin formation (plate tectonics); processes governing shoreline formation; and the origin, structure, and history of the oceanic crust and upper mantle.
  • Physical Oceanography: endeavors to understand and predict motion in the sea. Scales of motion range from millimeters through tidal and current scales to the great ocean gyres. The distribution of physical properties (temperature, salinity, sea ice) and air-sea interaction and its implications for climate are fertile areas of research.
  • To read more about each topic and explore the research projects and facilities Jacobs has for Oceanography, please click here for the OceanLab webpage.

Resources & Environment

Besides teaching, the Earth and Environmental Sciences group also has a strong research focus addressing contemporary environmental and natural resources problems. 

For a full list of current activities and projects related to the topics of environmental issues, mineral resources, water, and marine resources, please click here.

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