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Earth Science

The Department of Earth Science (DSGG), opened in 1998 in the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, with its offices in the U/4 building (Piazza della Scienza n.4). The Earth Science doctorate studies theoretical, experimental and analytical research on geological risks and processes of territorial damage, on resources of cultural and environmental heritage, including development and tuning of geological criteria and technologies for interventions.


The DSGG hosts the following:


·        The CoNISMa (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare), which does research on costal environments and open water, supports numerous doctoral scholarships for Marine Geology;

·        The Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (IDPA) which does research on geological and environmental topics of interest cooperates with didactic activities and supports a doctoral scholarship for Quaternary Geology.


The interdisciplinary research activity afferent to the department in the geological field (Area GEO – Earth Sciences) is oriented towards topics which are mainly environmental, as follows:


1.      Geology and geological cartography (survey prepared for the geological cartography of the CARG Project of the Regione Lombardia);

2.      Mineralogy, Petrography and Gemmology  (characterized by the crystalline bedrock of the central western Alps for the areas of Ivrea-Verbana, Serie dei Laghi and Sudalpino Orobico);

3.      Geological hazards and risks (stability of slopes in earth and rock masses, with relative geological-technical problems; geotechnical characterization of weak rocks; cartography of geological and environmental risks; quantitative paleoseismology and morphology of the seismic risk; studies of volcanic hazards in cooperation with national and international research institutes);

4.      Research methodologies and prospection (finalized according to the definition of aquifer geometry and conformation, with hydrogeophysical techniques for the study of the propagation and attenuation processes of the contaminants;

5.      Protection of natural resources (modelling of transport phenomena of porous media); Hydrology and technical Geology applied to the protection of the environment and georesouces; risk mitigation and environmental impact on quarry cultivation);

6.      Applied Geology for the conservation of cultural patrimony (dendrochronology for archaeological dating);

7.      Sedimentology (dynamics of fluvio-deltaic and coastal sedimentation and erosion; processes of sedimentation; tectonics and sedimentation in rift basins; evolution of the Padana plain; obduction and composition of sediments; paleogeography and paleotectonics);

8.      Marine Geology (morphological, bathymetrical and stratigraphic aspects of coastal areas, with the results of the analysis of various available sensors; research on the extreme environments of the deep sea, in the Mediterranean and in neighbouring basins);

9.      Marine Paleobiology and Eco-biostratigraphy (research on the olocenic and current environments of tropical and Mediterranean coastlines);

10.  Petrography applied to the conservation of cultural patrimony and georesources (petrophysical studies; research and valorisation of solid georesources; analytical characterization and origin of natural building materials; reuse of “primary and secondary materials” derived from stone).