Research in Earth sciences at Macquarie University received the highest possible rating in ERA 2012 - 'performance well above world standard'.
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Earth sciences at Macquarie has two linked but distinctive research clusters: Earth and planetary sciences (EPS) and environmental science (ES).
World-leaders in Earth and planetary sciences research
Macquarie's EPS research is based predominantly within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems. The Centre's interdisciplinary approach to studying the solid Earth integrates geochemistry, geodynamics, geophysics and petrology, and has launched Macquarie as a world leader in research on the evolution of the lithosphere, the timing of Earth events, the nature of the deep Earth and its geodynamics.
Led by Professor Sue O'Reilly, the Centre is delivering a new framework for mineral exploration, linking ore deposits to tectonics, mantle structure and the transport of material and energy. It also integrates previously disparate fields – geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics, and numerical and thermodynamical modelling – to reach a new level of understanding of Earth's dynamics and the fluid cycle(s) through time.
Macquarie's ES research focuses on climate science, coastal dynamics, environmental impacts of resource production and use, fluvial systems, organic and inorganic contaminant geochemistry, and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions with studies of early Earth evolution.
ES researchers play a major role in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, which is leading the research community in a national interdisciplinary effort to generate information for decision makers in government and in vulnerable sectors and communities to manage the risks of climate change impacts.
Informing management of natural hazards
This area also incorporates Risk Frontiers, which is a world leader in natural hazards risk assessment and provides insurers with sophisticated research-based solutions. Applications, which are used globally, include emergency management, flood plain management and land-use planning.
- Professor Bill Griffin, within Earth and Planetary Sciences is the most-cited Australian geoscientist and is ranked 25 in the world
- Sue O'Reilly, within Earth and Planetary Sciences, is the second most cited geoscientist and is ranked 75 worldwide
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