The Master’s programme in Earth Surface and Water involves the study of natural and human-induced physical and geochemical processes, patterns, and dynamics of the Earth’s continental and coastal systems. This two-year programme provides you with knowledge that is essential to manage the planet sustainably, guarantee the availability of resources for future generations, and understand and avert natural hazards.
The main subject areas you will study consist of the dynamics of coastal and river systems, (geo-)hydrological processes, groundwater remediation, land degradation in dry lands and mountainous regions, natural hazards, and delta evolution on centennial and longer time scales.
You can choose one of four tracks based on your interests in the field:
Geohazards and Earth Observation: Land-degradation processes and natural hazards in and on the Earth's surface;
Coastal Dynamics and Fluvial Systems: Natural and human-induces processes, patterns, and products in the world's coasts and rivers;
Hydrology: Movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth;
Environmental Geochemistry: Processes that control the functioning of natural environments at the Earth's surface.
The Earth Surface and Water programme trains students to quantitatively study the natural and human-induced physical and chemical processes, patterns, and dynamics of Earth’s continental and coastal systems as well as their responses to global change. Students explore and understand the modelling capabilities of the past, present, and future as well as the evolution of Earth’s environment, including human impact on this evolution.