Research at Space, Earth and Environment

We observe the universe, the earth, the climate and energy systems to drive sustainable development on a global scale as well as in small and complex systems. Our focus is on experimental and theoretical research as well as on development, implementation, and evaluation of methods and tools for analysis of theoretical and technical systems and models. We also develop new sensitive instruments for research about space, earth and the environment.

The research at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment is organised in five divisions:

The division of Astronomy and Plasma Physics focuses on studies of intra- and extragalactic processes as well as fusion. Examples of research topics are studies of interstellar space, star and planet formation and plasma turbulence. The research is conducted in major international collaborations, at international observatories and on Onsala Space Observatory.

The division of Energy Technology's competence is in energy systems analysis and thermal/thermochemical energy conversion processes and systems. The combination of expertise combined with a unique experimental research infrastructure – the Chalmers Power Central – databases and models contributes to an innovative environment that presents ideas that can make significant contributions to social development.

The division of Geoscience and Remote Sensing has studies of processes in the atmosphere that are important to the climate as the main focus. The research is based on remote measurement of geophysical phenomena such as forests, sea ice and ocean currents, as well as on-site studies of human as well as natural emissions into the atmosphere.

The division Onsala Space Observatory includes the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy which provide both Swedish and international scientists with top end observational equipment to study the Earth and the rest of the Universe. Also included are the research unit: Advanced Receiver Development (GARD), who develops instrumentation for Swedish projects and facilities, as well as for major international projects.

The division of Physical Resource Theory focuses on interactions between technology, society and nature. We use system perspectives to do multidisciplinary research that includes theory development, mathematical modeling as well as quantitative and qualitative analyzes. The research unit of Space Geodesy and Geodynamics studies processes that affect and change the earth's form, gravity field and rotation.