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The mission of School of Earth Sciences (SES) is to understand and predict the behavior of the Earth system, including the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere, and its interaction with human activities at local to global scales. We also aim to educate the next generation of Earth scientists and provide decision-relevant insights that benefit the society.


The history of SES can be traced back to 1936 when the prominent Chinese meteorologist, geographer, and educator Chu Kochen founded Department of History and Geographywithin National Chekiang University (the predecessor of Zhejiang University). After the founding of P.R. China in 1949, Chinese higher education experienced a dramatic restructuring following the Soviet model. The new Department of Earth Sciences was established within Faculty of Science of Zhejiang University (ZJU) in 1999 through the integration of Department of Earth Sciences of the former ZJU and the discipline of geography and meteorology of the former Hangzhou University. Department of Earth Sciences was expanded to School of Earth Sciences in 2015.After more than 80 years of development, Earth Sciences in ZJU have grown into a highly interdisciplinary academic program.


SES encompasses a broad range of Earth sciences disciplines. SES currently has four departments, i.e. Geology, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Geo-information Sciences and Technology, offering five undergraduate programs and eight post-graduate student programs. SES also houses The Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System of Zhejiang Province, and Research Centre for Structures in Oil & Gas Bearing Basins, Ministry of Education. Six research institutes are set in SES, i.e. Geology & Geophysics, Space Information Technique, Geographic Information Science, Urban and Regional Development, Environment & Biogeochemistry, and Climate & Weather Information and Forecast.


Currently, SES has a total of about 90 staff members, including 77 full time faculty members. Our student body includes about 250 undergraduate students and about 250 graduate students. We strive to solve the global challenges of climate and environmental change, human interactions with the Earth, and sustainable development.

  • Add: No. 6 Teaching Building, Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University,
                38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, P.R.China
  • Tel: +86-571-87952875
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  • Email: danleishao@zju.edu.cn
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