Humankind has always been curious about our environment, but there is a new urgency to our faculty’s mission to understand the planet Earth and Environment and to convey that understanding to our students. Only a few decades ago, Earth and Environmental Science was the study of natural phenomena, but now humans are altering the Earth's climate, its landforms, and its biota. Floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural hazards have always been with us, but they are more destructive on our increasingly crowded planet because of our own activities.
It is an exciting time to study the Earth and Environmental Sciences, because of its importance to humanity as well as its intellectual stimulation. Evolving technologies let us see the Earth as never before, from satellite observations on the planetary scale to that of particulates a few millionths of a meter in length. All of this is generating new knowledge at an unprecedented rate. Our modes of working range from observational studies much like those of the naturalists and explorers of an earlier era to complex computer modelling and sophisticated laboratory techniques.
Our program at the University of Dhaka is integrated with the extraordinary research enterprise at University of Dhaka’s (Geology Department) joint research project with Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Through this partnership we offer incredible breadth and seek to provide students at all levels with practical experiences. Students are involved in shipboard or field research programs across the country. A healthy percentage of students also do research at our different research centres. Our faculties are linked with various reputed international universities like, Colombia University, Harvard (USA), Humboldt, Cologne FU-Berlin Tuibingenhum Frebeghum (Germany), Kyoto, Nagasaki Okayama (Japan), Durham, Lancaster (UK), KTH (Sweden), etc. A number of faculties are also enjoying funding from international donor agencies such as the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden.
Finally, everyone is welcome at the University of Dhaka, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal