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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10.10.2009 - Moon crash

A NASA satellite sent a Centaur rocket into the Cabeus crater on the South Pole of the Moon. A few minutes later, the satellite called the LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation & Sensing Satellite) flew through the dust cloud formed by the impact searching for traces of water. The availability of H2O on the Moon, which is considered as one of the dryest object in the Solar System, is an important factor for its colonization.

More info: NASA Spacecraft Impacts Lunar Crater in Search for Water Ice

01 to 05.10.2009 - Antarctic meteorites

Steven Goderis and Philippe Claeys visited the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo to finalize research and collaboration agreements. From mid November to February, Steven Goderis will accompany the Japanese Antarctic Mission JARE 51 to search for meteorites in the ice fields of Antarctica near the Belgian Princess Elisabeth station. The study of the extraterrestrial rocks will shed light on the early evolution of the Solar System and the formation of solid planets, including Earth.

More info: Philippe Claeys, Steven Goderis

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