In the Earth Sciences Department research is developed in
multiple domains. From geological processes associated to internal/external
dynamics of the Planet, to prospection and sustainable exploitation of
geological resources (mineral, energetic and hydric, superficial or subterranean).
Environmental questions related with evaluation and mitigation of impacts as a
result from the Earth’s dynamic or human activity, spatial planning, the search
for alternative energy sources, such as geothermal energy, the geotechnical support
of civil engineering projects, are just other thematic areas of research
conducted in the Earth Sciences Department. Geodiversity, geological heritage,
the use of new technologies as a means of communication and teaching geosciences,
have been also an interest of the researchers.
The investigators conduct their activities in multiple
research centers recognized by the Foundation for Science and Technology, the organization
within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education in Portugal
which evaluates and funds scientific research activities.