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The main objective of the Research Focus of Earth Sciences is the interdisciplinary investigation of the earth-human system in its different compartments. A primary focus is the analysis of interactions of these relationships. These commonly exhibit wide, complex, and sometimes non-linear reactions, causing nearly unpredictable changes in our environment, often with catastrophic and sometimes irreversible consequences.
Research on these topics covers interactions between processes in the Earth's interior and its surface as well as ensuing environmental effects on different temporal and spatial scales. The purpose of such examinations is to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the whole system, to measure the interference of different processes with one another, to estimate impacts on society, and to facilitate our future ability to manage such processes, to the greatest extent possible.