Department of Earth Sciences

Address Malteserstr. 74-100 / Building A
12249 Berlin
Wheelchair Access Elevator at least 140 x 110 cm Handicapped Bathroom
Telephone +49 30 838-705 23
Fax +49 30 838-707 48

Soil samples can be used to draw conclusions about the past. | Source: Freie Universität Berlin The historical water tower on the Fichtenberg in Berlin-Steglitz is used as a weather station by the Institute of Meteorology. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher The Geo Campus in Lankwitz has many trees and green spaces. | Source: Irene Böhme The main building of the Institute of Meteorology is located at Carl-Heinrich-Becker Weg 6–10 in Berlin-Steglitz. | Source: Reinhard Görner Geologists from Freie Universität also do research in the Alps. | Source: Mark Handy The Geo Campus in Lankwitz always attracts many visitors during the Long Night of Science. | Source: David Ausserhofer Geologists do research on land and on water, as here in Berlin-Wannsee. | Source: Thomas Taute Geographers from Freie Universität are doing research in China. | Source: Rabea-Imjela The Geo Campus in Lankwitz has a large cafeteria for students and staff. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher Drill cores provide valuable geographical data. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher A sunshine recorder is a device that records the amount of sunshine at a given location. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher Hand-drawn weather maps are still essential. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher Geographers from Freie Universität do research in the ancient city of Resafa Sergipolis, now an archaeological site in the desert in northern Syria. | Source: Jan Krause Meteorologists at Freie Universität regularly analyze weather data. | Source: Bernd Wannenmacher Pyroclastic bomb in volcanic layers, recently uplifted and exposed along the eastern coast of Taiwan. | Source: Mark Handy

At a Glance

The Department of Earth Sciences, which is located on the Geo Campus in Berlin’s Lankwitz district, is divided into three institutes: Geological Sciences, Geographical Sciences, and Meteorology.

The Department’s research focuses on the interactive physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place within the Earth, on the Earth’s surface, and the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as on the interactions between humans and the environment. Researchers study these processes primarily through the lens of natural science, but also using methods drawn from the social sciences.

The strength of the research at the Department of Earth Sciences is expressed through its involvement in the TOPOI cluster of excellence and in the fact that three German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Units are hosted here, in addition to several projects co-financed by industrial partners. Its success is based on two factors: the establishment of interdisciplinary approaches to research, and a broad-based, highly active cooperative network with university and non-university institutions in the greater Berlin-Potsdam region as well as in Europe and other parts of the world.

Last Update: Jan 30, 2014