Earth System Science, a new undergraduate major programme, studies the Earth as an integrated complex system and investigates the many processes within its components such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, and the interactions of the components that define and control the states and dynamic processes of the Earth. Studying how our planet Earth works as a system provides the intellectual core of the programme and the knowledge base for understanding important contemporary issues, such as climate change, carbon emission, loss of biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental impacts that could lead to natural and human-made disasters. With the increasing awareness and recognition that human activities are exerting numerous influences on Earth, our programme provides an ideal opportunity for young minds to acquire the knowledge and skills for understanding the technical aspects of the Earth system, making decisions and scientific judgements, and preparing themselves for engaging in tackling some of the most pressing problems of the 21st century.
Teaching and learning activities are enhanced with the help of the state-of-the-art satellite facilities in the CUHK Fok Ying Tung Remote Sensing Science Building. Students will acquire a deep understanding on Earth System Science and a strong background in the basic sciences, and master an integrated basket of analytical, practical, and computational skills.
Admitted SCIENCE students can declare Earth System
Science Programme as their major at the time of entrance
or before advancing to Year 2 or Year 3.