Welcome to the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA. Our mission is to understand and protect our home in the universe through discovery, education, outreach. To further this mission we strive to foster an inclusive culture of respect, collaboration, openness to new ideas and methodologies.
We study how Earth and other planets form and evolve, how life developed here, and whether life has existed elsewhere. We investigate the physical and chemical conditions that prevailed 4.6 billion years ago when the planets formed, the processes that shape planetary bodies, and interactions with the space environment. We generate and analyze data from lab experiments, field studies, spacecraft, and telescopes, addressing important questions about the Earth, the Solar System, and beyond. We also characterize natural hazards so that we can better protect humanity from earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, space weather, asteroid impacts, and climate change. Please explore our web site to learn more about the research conducted by our students, researchers, and faculty.
As a land grant institution, the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands). We pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.
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