School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University is ranked well above world standard in Geology and Geochemistry.

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School discipline areas

Applied Geology discipline area

Applied Geology

The earth is a laboratory for geologists, as a growing population requires more resources and humans become more concerned about their impact on the planet.  Many graduates go on to work in the minerals, petroleum, groundwater and environmental industries in Australia and overseas.

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Remote Sensing

Basins, Oceans and Geoscience

Basins, Oceans and Biogeosciences encompasses the study of sedimentary basins, oceans and the biological and chemical processes that operate on the surface and within the earth. We use seismic, molecular and isotopic data (from biomarkers and paleogenomics) to understand the evolution of sedimentary basins and the resources that they contain; acoustic tools to listen to the diversity of natural and human activity that occurs in oceans and to map habitats, biomass and the seafloor; optical tools and satellite remote sensing to study oceans and land environments; and sophisticated analytical techniques to understand the interaction between all forms of life, from evolution to extinction, within the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.

Our discipline is home to the Western Australian Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre, the Centre for Marine Science and Technology and the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group.

Planetary Science

Planetary Science

Planetary and space science involves the study and exploration of our solar system. EPS is home to the largest planetary research group in the southern hemisphere. Our researchers are involved in a number of space missions, and analyse meteorites and material from the Moon and Mars, to understand how our solar system formed, and the geological and impact history of the planets and moons within it. We have established partnerships with NASA and Lockheed Martin. Our engineers build systems for tracking fireballs and satellites, and we have recently started our own small satellite development program.


Spatial sciences discipline area

Spatial Sciences

Spatial sciences involves a range of disciplines focused around location on the Earth’s (or moon’s) surface including, surveying, geographic information science (GISc), global navigation and satellite systems (GNSS), geodesy, photogrammetry and laser scanning, and remote sensing.

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