Objectives

The Second Cycle Degree course in Earth Sciences Applied to Environmental Sustainability is aimed at providing adequate knowledge and skills for the achievement of a high scientific and technical-professional profile in the field of Earth Sciences, with particular reference to their contribution to sustainable development (for example, in the field of georesources, land reclamation and environmental protection, etc.) and, therefore, on the broad context of "environmental sustainability". The basic knowledge in the field of Earth Sciences must be deepened through the quantitative knowledge of geological processes s.l., also through the application of technologies and simulation models, leading to specialized training. The graduate must also have the ability to use the English language in written and oral form, in addition to Italian, and is therefore expected to verify the possession of disciplinary lexicons proper to B2 level.
The training activities are organized in mandatory and free-choice teaching, internship and final exam (thesis) that contribute to qualify the Second Cycle Degree in Earth Sciences Applied to Environmental Sustainability as an expert in the following main areas:
- geomorphological hazard, hydrogeological risk and slope instability;
- geology applied to construction and slope stability;
- research, capture, management and protection of groundwater resources;
- safety and remediation of contaminated aquifers;
- hazard of seismogenic structures and seismic microzonation;
- water quality and the processes of interaction between hydrosphere-geosphere and biosphere;
- geological-structural evolution of bodies of sedimentary origin and their modelling, also in function of the finding of geo-resources in the subsoil;
- sedimentology and integrated stratigraphy of sedimentary basins for paleo-geographic, paleo-environmental and paleo-climatic reconstructions;
- Geochemical and isotopic methodologies applied to stratigraphic sequences of various nature (marine, aquatic, glacial, archaeological) for paleo-climatic and paleo-environmental reconstructions;
- geological and geophysical exploration of the subsoil to find fluid resources (water, hydrocarbons);
- geochemical, mineralogical and petrological processes characteristic of different geodynamic environments, as well as mineralogical and petrographic characterization of materials through innovative analytical techniques.
The training activities will be organized in such a way as to make the transfer of knowledge, experience and analytical, laboratory (including field activities) and modelling skills related to the above summarized topics effective. In particular, knowledge and skills related to the following macro-themes will be deepened: (i) fluids, magmas, georesources and applications for the environment, (ii) climate and environmental change, (iii) natural risk mitigation and management.
For the purposes indicated and in relation to specific objectives, students may also make use of external activities such as training placements in companies, public administration structures and laboratories, as well as study stays at other Italian and European universities, also within the framework of national and international agreements and programmes.