The Department of Earth Science (DSGG), opened in
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
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
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).