Keyword: Department of Geography and Geology
University of Turku Partners with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to Advance Sustainable Development
Rector of the University of Turku Kalervo Väänänen and Division Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Carlos Haddad have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), whose goal is to advance Africa’s sustainable industry, innovations, and infrastructures.
The slogan of our Department ”World Beyond the Surface ” is a revealing indication of our broad field of research and the objective to understand the mechanisms behind different phenomena.
The University of Turku's Amazon Research Team's (UTU-ART) botanical acquisitions focus especially on ferns and medinilla plants. After spending weeks in the jungle, the researchers’ plant specimen findings end up in the University's Herbarium and databases. The Amazonia is home to innumerable unknown species and therefore it is important to develop the databases.
A specimen belonging to the Amazon Research Team's collections
Studies at Geography give our students a broad professional skill set at the interface between natural and social sciences. Studies at Geology, on the other hand, focus on the structure and evolution of the Earth and the numerous geological processes shaping it.
The Department of Geography and Geology is an active and versatile unit which studies the Earth and its dynamic natural and anthropogenic phenomena. We conduct research on several continents and our international collaboration is diverse.
Scientists have been familiar with Finnish landforms for decades. Now, however, researchers from the University of Turku have discovered a new landform previously unknown to science with the aid of laser technology. After the initial discovery in Finland, similar forms have also been found in Sweden.