The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur created a new Department of Earth Sciences on February 5, 2014.



Earth Science is a strongly interdisciplinary subject with several links to important resources such as minerals, energy, and water as well as to hazards and environmental management. Over the years, this discipline has developed into a major knowledge domain of science and technology due to the advent of modern space observation systems, new exploration technologies for probing earth's surface and sub-surface for resources and the development of sophisticated geochemical analytical methods. In addition, several important issues such as climate change, natural hazards, cryosphere, environmental degradation and resource depletion have made this science highly relevant to the society.