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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, and Atmospheric Sciences, offering 3 undergraduate programs and eight post-graduate student programs. SES also houses Key Laboratory of Big Data in Geosciences and Deep Earth Resources of Zhejiang Province, Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System of Zhejiang Province, and Research Centre for Structures in Oil & Gas Bearing Basins, Ministry of Education. Four research institutes are set in SES, i.e. Geology, Geophysics, Geography and Spatial Information, and Weather, Climate and Meteorological Environment.

Currently, SES has a total of 80 full time faculty members. Our student body includes about 280 undergraduate students and about 300 graduate students. We strive to solve the global challenges of climate and environmental change, human interactions with the Earth, and sustainable development.

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               866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R.China
  • Tel: +86-571-87953269
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  • Email: yeluxia@zju.edu.cn
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