As an Institute, EOAS’s mission is to cultivate a university-wide, interdisciplinary community for research, education, and public and policy engagement about the past, present and future of the Earth system, including the solid Earth, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere, and humanity’s dependence and impacts upon them.

EOAS Mission Statement

Our vision is that, over the next decade, EOAS will strengthen Rutgers as a nationally leading public institution in research, education, and public and policy engagement that:

  1. Advances the scientific understanding of the past, present and future of the Earth system.
  2. Builds the knowledge and perspective needed for equitable state, national and global stewardship of a healthy, sustainable and resilient planetary environment.

Lauren Rogers (SEBS '19) picking foraminifera (G.Bulloides) for trace metal analysis to determine the sea surface temperature in the past

EOAS scientists advance the scientific frontier of the study of how habitable planets form, give rise to the molecular machinery of life, co-evolve with the biosphere, and maintain conditions amenable to complex life. This fundamental research, together with associated educational and communications initiatives, nurtures the long-term, planetary-scale perspective and understanding of the relevant dynamics necessary for society to manage geological, climatic and ecological risks to populations, ecosystems, and economies.

EOAS also connects Earth system scientists with environmental social scientists, decision-makers, and regional stakeholders. Joining environmental history, observations, forecasts, and decision analysis, EOAS fosters integrated science and stewardship to help our region thrive economically while being more sustainable within environmental boundaries, more resilient to environmental shocks, and more flexibly adaptive to environmental change. From improving tomorrow’s weather forecast to projecting the effects of sea level rise over the coming decades and centuries, EOAS uses science to enable society  to anticipate and prepare for the future. It is building the infrastructure needed to develop and pilot approaches for integrating Earth system science with decision-making to benefit communities, economies and ecosystems within urbanized land-coast ocean environments, in our region and around the world.