In connection with the general objectives of the centre, and taking into account its natural transdisciplinarity in research, this Department is associated with the following aspects as general work objectives:
Study of extreme environments of astrobiological interest (terrestrial analogues) to understand the interaction between geology, biology and physical conditions in such environments.
Determining the conditions for habitability in the Solar System. This includes the geochemical characterisation of planetary objects and the search for biological signatures.
Study of atmospheres.
The main activities carried out to achieve the objectives described above are:
The participation in planetary exploration missions to obtain astrobiological data.
The determination of the geological and atmospheric influences on current and paleo extreme environments - terrestrial environments that may be analogous to those of other planets.
The characterisation of planetary material in relation to habitability.
Understanding the geological and atmospheric processes affecting the evolution of planets and satellites through experimental and computational simulation.
The research groups that make up this department are: