Researching the hydrosphere and cryosphere
With more than 70 per cent of the planet covered by water and the lifeforce it sustains, it is imperative to apply the most advanced technological tools to observing our world’s oceans, coastlines and inland waters, including glaciers and ice sheets.
This research covers observations applied across all forms and locations, from mountainous regions to the deepest parts of the oceans. Researchers in the Centre for Earth Observation Science are involved in various projects addressing questions around ocean-atmosphere coupling and its control on our climate, present-day and past ice sheet stability, and our understanding of the various controls and feedback mechanisms involving global waters.
Coastal processes, sea level change, pollution, the interaction between the natural and the built environment are also focal points. We also conduct research in deep sea geomorphology and marine geohazards as well as the interaction of marine geology and associated habitats.
We use various datasets that involve laboratory studies and in-situ field investigations, participating in international ocean-going expeditions, using drones, autonomous underwater vehicles, remotely operated vehicles, and the latest state-of-the-art instrumentation while also developing sensor technologies, and staying linked and closely collaborating with researchers across the world.
Marine geoscientist Aggeliki Georgiopoulou worked on the International Ocean Discovery Program drill ship JOIDES Resolution, sailing from Fremantle, Australia to New Zealand to explore the relationship between gas hydrate and underwater landslides.