• Institute of Geosciences

The Institute of Geosciences


The geosciences study the forces and processes that have driven the transformation of our planet for several billion years, creating ocean basins and mountains and destroying them again. This includes analyzing the formation of natural resources and their exploration with state-of-the-art recording techniques, assessing natural hazards and geohazards, the evolution of organisms and their relationship to the solid Earth, and increasingly, the impact of humans and global change on the Earth's surface, our habitat.

Our German-language Bachelor's program in Geosciences and English-language Master's programs in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Geoinformation and Visualization, respectively, as well as the international doctoral program have the task of enabling students to apply a broad inventory of methods. This includes the development of a technical system and the ability to recognize interdisciplinary relationships and to transfer observations from the field into models. In doing so, we offer a variety of specialization options according to the methodological and content-related foci of the different research groups, various programs for the internationalization of studies, and first-class graduate training.

The institute plays a central role in the research focus Earth and Environmental Systems and is an active partner of the coordination platform Geo.X, which organizes the close network of earth and environmental science research institutions in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The institute currently also provides the president of the Geounion (Prof. M. R. Strecker).


Bundesverdienstkreuz für langjährig gemeinsam berufenen Professor

Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten erhielt das Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse für seine langjährigen Verdienste um den Ausbau der deutsch-russischen wissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit...

Kurze Pause und Datenaufnahme in der argentinischen Puna, dem zweithöchsten Gebirgsplateau der Erde und Untersuchungsgebiet des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs „StRATEGy“.

Unterwegs in den Anden – Geoforschende auf Exkursion in Argentinien

Ende November 2021 begeben sich Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden des internationalen Graduiertenkollegs „StRATEGy“...

Book cover "MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences"

New Textbook on Data Acquisition in Geosciences

Martin H. Trauth from the Institute of Geosciences has published his third textbook on data analysis in the geosciences with SpringerNature...

Porphyry fan of Mohorn-Grund

GeoUnion proclaims a new National Geopark in Germany

The Commission for the Designation of National Geoparks in Germany, a commission of GeoUnion Alfred Wegener Foundation, accredited ‘Geopark Sachsens Mitte’ – Central Saxony Geopark – as the 18th...

Kinderuni 2021

Dreimal Kinder-Universität – Wissenschaft trifft Schule online, digital und unterwegs

Die Kinder-Uni der Universität Potsdam wird auch 2021 vor allem online stattfinden: Schülerinnen und Schüler von Grundschulen aus ganz Brandenburg können sich am 24. September ein ...

A tributary in the Western Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Climate change increases sediment flux in Asian high mountain regions

In recent decades, runoff or sediment input to rivers in the high mountains of Asia has increased sharply and will more than double by 2050. This is shown by an international study ...

molecular dynamics simulation

Platinum hitches a ride with sulfur in the Earth’s crust

Platinum group elements (PGE, also termed platinoids) have been believed to be extremely poorly soluble and little mobile in natural fluids ...

Online Summer School "Trends, Rhythms and Events in the Earth’s Climate System"

Reise durch das Weltklima am Computer

Online Summer School "Trends, Rhythms and Events in the Earth’s Climate System"

Foto Prof. M. Strecker

Seniorprofessur an der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät

Leibniz-Preisträger Prof. Manfred Strecker Ph.D. wurde die erste Seniorprofessur der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Potsdam

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Prof. Sobolev newly elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea

Stephan Sobolev is called into the Academia based on his sustained academic excellence in his field.

Climate time series from the Chew Bahir Basin in southern Ethiopia

Tipping climate in Eastern Africa: New publication in Nature Geoscience

The climate time series from the Chew Bahir Basin in southern Ethiopia shows one of the best examples of climate tipping, the transition from one stable condition to another.

With progressing global warming, sea ice melting across the Arctic Ocean is expected to further increase and might be even accelerated by the newly described oceanic heat-channel that pumps heat into the high northern latitudes. | copyright: Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr, University of Potsdam

How the Mediterranean Sea heats up the far north – Study shows climatic correlations

A new study has identified warm waters originating from the Mediterranean Sea as an unexpected but potent pacemaker of high-latitude warming and might even accelerate it in the near future.

Zwei Potsdamer Forschende Two Potsdam researchers are involved in the new international Center for Molecular Water Science, which has now publishsind am neuen internationalen Zentrum für Molekulare Wasserforschung beteiligt, das nun sein Forschungsprogramm veröffentlicht hat. Foto: AdobeStock/magann

Secrets of the Water – White Paper of the Centre for Molecular Water Science published

Two Potsdam researchers are involved in the new international Center for Molecular Water Science, which has now published its research program.

Höhle auf Island

WISSENSSTADT SUMMER CINEMA: "JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

Prof. (apl.) Dr. Altenberger is on July 30th scientific guest and discussion partner of the Berlin Science City summer cinema "Jules Verne (1864) Journey to the center of the earth" (Geo-Fantasy 1959)

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