Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric SciencesWelcome to Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, one of the largest and most diverse departments of its kind in the world. Our research and teaching interests span the history of the Earth and the evolution of its structure from core to stratosphere. Overview of dept
The Department administers majors, honours and applied science programs that offer challenges to students at all levels. Prospective Students
MDRU -- Mineral Deposit Research UnitThe Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) is a collaborative venture between the mining industry and UBC's department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.
MDRU is an internationally recognized research group devoted to solving mineral exploration-related problems. It is part of an integrated geologic and geophysical research program at UBC devoted to training students for employment in the industry and to solving research questions of interest to the community. MDRU's home page
PCIGR Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical ResearchThe PCIGR is an integrated analytical facility dedicated to innovative research and training in the earth, environmental, oceanographic, atmospheric and biological sciences, and specializes in high-precision radiogenic and stable isotope ratios, elemental concentrations, laser ablation and geochronology. After nearly 10 years since its establishment at UBC, and relocation to EOAS in 2005, the PCIGR has more than doubled its analytical capacity and become a world-class facility with a pool of instruments that is unmatched in North America.
EESF -- Environmental Earth Sciences FacilityEESF studies the medium and large-scale dynamics of the lake, ocean, and atmospheric systems. The guiding principle in our work is that an understanding of physical mechanisms is key to eventual understanding of not only their physical evolution but also of at least some aspects of their bio/chemical evolution. EESF primary members are the research groups of Drs. Susan Allen, William Hsieh, Richard Pawlowicz and with colaboration with Dr. Roger Pieters. Read More
GDCFD Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics CentreThe GDCFD (GeoDisaster Centre) at UBC studies weather-related and other natural disasters, with an ultimate goal of enhancing the Canadian economy and saving lives. The major tool of the GeoDisaster Centre is a massively-parallel high-performance computer (HPC), which is used to solve fluid-flow equations describing weather, avalanches, forest fires, earthquakes and other natural phenomena. This research focuses on disasters that affect the complex mountainous and coastal terrain of Western Canada. GDCFD's home page
Electron Microbeam / X-Ray Diffraction FacilityThe Electron Microbeam/X-ray Diffraction Facility is an integration of three laboratories comprising the following instruments: Cameca electron microprobe, Philips XL-30 scanning electron microscope / Princeton Gamma-Tech energy- disperision X-ray spectrometer, a Bruker X-ray powder diffractometer, and a Philips X-ray generator for powder and single-crystal cameras. Two preparation laboratories with a carbon evaporator unit, micronising mill, and other miscellaneous equipment, support these operations. Read More
CESL Centre for Experimental Study of the LithosphereThe experimental examination of mechanical and transport properties is one of the most active and dynamic research fields in the geosciences. This facility contributes to a wide range of research programs including: 1) deformation of crustal and mantle rocks, 2) the study of fluid-rock interactions and transport phenomena, 3) physical property measurement of crustal and mantle materials, and 4) properties and physical chemistry of magmatic systems.
PME -- Pacific Museum of the Earth
(Award - Mar 7/14)
Dr. Barbara Scott Smith awarded the GAC Duncan R. Derry Medal
Dr. Barbara Scott Smith, an Adjunct Professor at EOAS, has been awarded the GAC Duncan R. Derry Medal. This highest distinction of the GAC's Mineral Deposits Division is awarded annually to the outstanding economic geologist in Canada in recognition of the skill and stature as a professional economic geologist and also for public contributions to the science field. Dr. Scott Smith is awarded for her contribution to the success of diamond exploration and mining in Canada and training of Canadian kimberlite geologists.
(Talk - Mar 5/14)
David Archer - CO2 vs Methane : Which is the scariest greenhouse gas?
Wednesday March 5th at 7pm in Room 1013 of the Earth Sciences building.
Also see pdf.
(Workshop - Mar 3-5/14)
"Insights on Magmatic and Volcanic processes"
FRENCH-CANADIAN WORKSHOP: Organised by LMV-SFU-UBC. Sponsored by Region Auvergne, LMV-ClerVolc, the French Embassy, SFU and UBC. Please see pdf.
(Award - Feb 14/14)
Dr. Suttle, Wins Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology
Congratulations to Curtis Suttle who has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of his "excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences".
(Award - Feb 5/14)
Dr. Christian Schoof, 2013 Killam Faculty Research Fellowship
Great news -- Christian has been awarded a Killam fellowship for his sabbatical next year.
Welcome Prospective Students
The Department administers majors, honours and applied science programs that
attract over 300 undergraduate and 160 graduate students.
Our programs offer challenges to students at all levels.
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current undergraduate students