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Meteorology & Climatology / Modeling

The science of Climatology seeks to improve our understanding of the varying and changing conditions of our environment, and of the natural and human-influenced processes and events that affect those conditions. 

Questions about climate change, and its causes and implications, are among the central environmental question of our time, and the climatology faculty are providing key answers to these questions.  The climatology faculty research focus on land/ocean/ice– atmosphere interactions, and climate dynamics and variability with a particular emphasis on understanding the role of snow and ice in our climate system.  
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Human Geography / Political Ecology

Human Geography is a branch of geography that studies human activities and the processes that shape their location in space, interactions between human beings and their environment, and the nature of places.

Human geography is divided into many sub-fields, such as historical, urban, economic, cultural, social, and political geography.  These subfields can be further divided into topical or regional specializations, such as North American cities or economic development in Latin America.

While the human geography faculty at the University of Delaware conduct research in a number of distinct areas, human-environmental relations, political ecology and an interest in fieldwork at home and abroad link their research.
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Water is one of our most important natural resources. 

Our faculty are playing vital roles to improve our knowledge of the interactions between the biosphere-atmosphere-lithosphere in an effort to better understand the effects of climate change and other stressors on terrestrial ecosystems.  The faculty research focuses on forested ecosystems in both natural and urban settings.
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GIS & Remote Sensing

GIS stands for both “Geographic Information System” –  software to analyze and map geographic data – and “Geographic Information Science” – the science that expands the capabilities of the software. Our department emphasis spans across both the systems and science with being application driven.

We use GIS for solving fascinating geographic problems. 
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Delaware Environmental Observing System

DEOS operates and maintains over 50 environmental monitoring platforms and brings in data from over 200 additional environmental monitoring platforms throughout our region.
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Research Centers

The Department of Geography serves as an administrative home and works closely with a number of centers and research programs at UD. 
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Discover Our World!

Ghost Crab Pots

UD, Delaware Sea Grant investigate lost or abandoned crab pots in inland bays.

Plants, Soil and Miss USA Contest

Jolisa Copeman earned UD degrees in environmental science, entrepreneurship and design.

Experiential Learning

Students in UD’s introductory geology class hike White Clay Creek Park to learn outdoors.
Helga Huntley

Tracking ocean pollution

Uncovering new clues about how oil, other pollutants move in ocean
Asia Dowtin

Stemflow study

Investigating how rainwater travels in urban forests
horseshoe crab

Horseshoe Crabs and Artificial Bait

We are working to identify chemoattractants in horseshoe crabs and produce an artificial bait, reducing the reliance on horseshoe crabs in the eel and conch fisheries.

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CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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