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The Department of Earth Sciences at UNH aims to improve our understanding of the Earth, and the processes that affect it, through excellence in teaching, research, and service. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees encompassing a broad spectrum of disciplines including geology, hydrology, oceanography, ocean mapping, geochemistry, climate science, and geophysics. Our location on the Great Bay Estuary near the White Mountains provides an ideal backdrop for hands-on learning opportunities. Join us in our journey of discovery!

  • The Influence of Tidal Forces Extends to the Arctic’s Deep Sea
    The Moon’s gravitational pull creates the tides, but its influence extends hundreds of meters below the sea surface too, influencing sensitive methane seeps in the seabed.
    The Influence of Tidal Forces Extends to the Arctic’s Deep Sea
    The Moon’s gravitational pull creates the tides, but its influence extends hundreds of meters below the sea surface too, influencing sensitive methane seeps in the seabed.
  • “Rate of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet will exceed Holocene values this century"
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists used reconstructions of climate & former ice sheet extent to model the past, present, & future of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Future ice loss will be more extreme than any time in the past 12,000 years unless global carbon emissions are curbed.  
    “Rate of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet will exceed Holocene values this century"
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists used reconstructions of climate & former ice sheet extent to model the past, present, & future of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Future ice loss will be more extreme than any time in the past 12,000 years unless global carbon emissions are curbed.  
  • Named Chair the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
    The National Academies is introducing a national committee that will serve as the voice of the U.S. scientific community during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030. The U.S. National Committee for the Decade is comprised of the experts who...
    Named Chair the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
    The National Academies is introducing a national committee that will serve as the voice of the U.S. scientific community during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030. The U.S. National Committee for the Decade is comprised of the experts who...
  • Working to have Black voices heard
    Tamara Marcus, NRESS Ph.D. candidate, helped cofound the Advocates for Social Justice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Working to have Black voices heard
    Tamara Marcus, NRESS Ph.D. candidate, helped cofound the Advocates for Social Justice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Using Magnetostratigraphy to Find the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina
    Peter Haber's research is featured in UNH Inquiry on the asteroid that collided with the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 66 million years ago, marking the end of the Cretaceous period.
    Using Magnetostratigraphy to Find the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina
    Peter Haber's research is featured in UNH Inquiry on the asteroid that collided with the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 66 million years ago, marking the end of the Cretaceous period.

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