Global warming, unusual change in the weather, ozone hole in the stratosphere, desertification, devastation of the ecosystem, acid rain, sea pollution, and El Nino and La Nina Phenomenon. People’s concern about above mentioned global environmental issues become a part of our daily life. Also a planetoid collision, huge earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami, and dismal future caused by the environmental disruption are used as subject matters of many SF films. These environmental problems indicate diverse questions.
The earth is the planet of life. The top priority that Earth and Environmental Sciences has to solve is how tomaintain the earth as a planet of life. As a part of the immense universe, the earth consists of the Atmosphere, Geosphere, and Hydrosphere, which are interacting continuously to make the earth live. ALearning related to these issues is not detached from the world, but deeply connected with our daily life.
A study that is dealing with global environmental problems is Earth and Environmental Sciences. Earth and Environmental Sciences is a part of natural science that studies component parts, circulations, and changing mechanisms of the Atmosphere, Geosphere, and the Hydrosphere; that analyzes and predicts the formation and changes of the natural environment. In order to understand Earth and Environmental formation andchanges, the object of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a method to analyze, predict, and restore various scale of kinetic and material system’s formation, evolution, extinction and interaction between them.These researches are conducted by introducing an applied scientific technology that is based on an understanding of basic science.
Earth and Environmental Sciences is a synthetic study including Atmospheric Science that researches physical and chemical status and movement of the earth’s atmosphere; Earth System Science that researches the Earth’s material, formation, evolution, and energy circulation; Oceanography that researches physical circulation of oceanic material and resources. Students study each part of the Earth and Environmental Sciences intensively according to their interests. Namely, they select their major out of Atmospheric Science,Earth System Science, and Oceanography.
Earth and Environmental Sciences field is rapidly developing as our concern for the quality of life increase.And with the economical and social growth of our society, many professionals of Earth and Environmental Sciences are required in various fields: government agencies, research institutes, related companies, and broadcasting stations. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, students go on to an internal or external graduate school, or are employed. Students who obtain a master’s or doctor’s degree within the country accumulate a career as a researcher at abroad universities and laboratories. They stay abroad or return to the homeland to be employed by universities, research institutes, or related companies.
Earth and Environmental Sciences field, however, is different, 225 doctorate acquisitors at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul national University, and 198 doctorate acquisitors at the universities abroad are 95~100% employed in accordance with their major
The doctor’s degree holders have a stable profession at global research institutes or related organizations Of inside and outside of the country such as NASA, NOAA.