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Beyond the Critical Zone

Focus on the coupled geo, bio, and climate spheres at and near the Earth’s surface

Event Cascades

Unterstanding event cascades of the past, present, and future.

  • NEXUS: Earth Surface Dynamics

Earth Surface System Dynamics

The terrestrial Earth Surface System (ESS) is driven by geological, biological, and climatic forces. They form a complex system of closely coupled processes and feedbacks that are not yet sufficiently understood. Knowledge of these interactions is essential because the Earth’s surface is the foundation for all human activity and its dynamics impact all facets of life, habitability, and sustainability.

Through UP's research initiative NEXUS: Earth Surface Dynamics the renowned earth, environmental, life and data sciences of the Potsdam-Berlin area will intensify existing collaboration and liaise with
new partners to form a network to understand Earth-Surface processes. UP’s science campus Golm will be the center of NEXUS providing modern infrastructure and a concentration of interdisciplinary expertise.

The NEXUS research initiative is coordinating the UP application for a Cluster of Excellence in the context of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.

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The Research Training Group 2917 NatRiskChange.

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Prof. Strecker

Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker re-elected as President of GeoUnion.

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Layer by layer

Geologists research sedimentary basin formation in the Andes

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Quite Warm, Quite Cold

Geomicrobiologist Dirk Wagner researches the smallest lifeforms in extreme environments

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“You can do more with Legos”

A practical course with Martin Trauth is packed with high-tech: infrared and ultrasound sensors, gyroscopes, magnetometers, multispectral cameras – and Leg

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Nature Conservation from Space

Satellites orbiting our planet at altitudes of hundreds to a thousand kilometers are continuously collecting detailed data on the earth's surface.

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From the Partners:

PIK: Adaptation now

River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming

GFZ: Microbes in the desert – A new archive for climate science

Under extreme climatic conditions only few “witnesses” of past environmental conditions endure.