The Department of Geosciences and Geography is an extensively multidisciplinary unit with research, not merely into natural science, but also into issues within social science. The research at the department pertains the processes within organic and inorganic nature and the history of life; the cycles of populations, culture, settlements, economy, and natural resources; as well as the study and followup of the status and changes in the environment, on all temporal and regional scales.
The department also maintains state-of-the-art laboratories and a research-station network. Further, the research at the department is supported by extensive cooperation with national and international research and observation networks. The research carried out at the department is utilised in the search for raw materials and water, for example, and regional and urban planning; management of environmental change; long-term monitoring of climate change; and the supervision of underground nuclear weapons testing.