Earth System Science is an interdisciplinary group set up to unite scientists working on the global evolution of the planet. The research is essentially focused on the physical environment of the Earth, its evolution through time, and the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere.

The group carries out projects in a variety of themes such as global changes, climatology, hydrology, archeology, oceanography biogeochemistry, remote sensing and geophysics. The accent is on two scientific approaches: mathematical modeling and the use of isotopes and trace elements to document biogeochemical processes.

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08.06.2012 - Public Award for Best Poster during the VUB PhD Day for David De Vleeschouwer

David De Vleeschouwer (FWO PhD fellow) received an award of 500 for his poster The Effect of Precession and Obliquity on the Late Devonian Climate" during the PhD day of the VUB doctoral school.

More info: website of the VUB Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and (bioscience) Engineering

29.05.2012 - 01.06.2012 - NIPR scientists visit to Brussels

Dr. Nayoa Imae and Dr. Akira Yamaguchi from the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo visited the ULB and VUB to plan the 2012-2013 meteorite- search expedition around station Princess Elisabeth in Antarctica.

This third joint campaign between Belgium and Japan will include 8 scientists and field-guides and cover the Nansen ice field.

Smooth and efficient discussions with the International Polar Foundation (IPF) responsible for the logistics and BELSPO, which is funding ESSc meteorite research, should ensure a successful and safe mission.

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More info: Philippe Claeys

21.11.2011 - Antarctic Meteorites Back in Belgium

Last week, Philippe Claeys, Steven Goderis, Celine Martin of ESSC and Vinciane Debaille, (ULB) attended the 34th Antarctic Meteorite Symposium held at the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, Japan.

They brought back to Belgium the first batch of meteorites collected in the blue ice fields of Antarctica, near the Princess Elisabeth station. Meteorites are abundant in Antarctica where glaciers movement concentrates them.

More than 800 new samples were collected during the first two Japan-Belgium 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 expeditions, they will be shared by the two countries for scientific research.

The next large-scale mission to the Nansen ice field is schedule in the Winter 2012-2013. Each new meteorite provides new information on the formation of the Solar System and the planets.

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More info: Philippe Claeys

03.10.2011 - Award best Presentation to David De Vleeschouwer

Best oral presentation award to David De Vleeschouwer for his talk "Precessional and half-precessional climate forcing of Mid-Devonian monsoon-like dynamics" presented on Sept. 21, 2011 at the International Global Correlation Program 596 Opening Meeting in Graz, Austria.

More info : Philippe Claeys

06.07.2011 - Marie-Curie Network NARNIA

June 2011: 1st EU Marie-Curie Network NARNIA training course:

(1) The optical study of ancient glasses with a focus on UV/VIS/NIR- & Raman spectroscopy.

(2) The chemical study of ancient glasses held at VUB, presentation and photos from the workshop to download from NARNIA Training Courses

More info: Karin Nys

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