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Gabriel FAN

The Earth System Science programme is a bachelor programme in Hong Kong that comprehensively covers most of the fields in Earth Science. During my study, I had the chance to take part in local and overseas geological field trips, conducting hands-on geological measurements, surveying fieldworks, laboratory works, computer simulations. There are also internship opportunities at various organizations such as the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), as well as environmental consultants such as Arup, Fugro etc.
I was selected as a student intern working at the HKO for 20 months, responsible for its setting up, operation of and scientific research using the urban micro-climate temperature monitoring network in Kowloon. What is more, I had the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme to the Arctic, in the Svalbard Islands, Norway, for 5 months in 2016.
You will definitely gain unexpected opportunities and achievements in the Earth Systems Science programme. Please don't hesitate to join us!

     
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Avis WONG

The Academic training offered by the Earth System Science Programme covers not only knowledge in atmospheric science, but also multidisciplinary skills ranging from computer programming, statistics to mathematical skills. The comprehensive training has provided me with holistic understanding of climate change issue and equipped me with techniques for quantitative analysis which I can employ to analyse interesting topics like atmospheric science and meteorology. Apart from study, I also participled in various internship programmes such as the Hong Kong Observatory Summer Placement Programme. The precious work opportunities allowed me to apply skills that I have learnt in various courses and offered me hands-on experience to get ready for the transition from university to workplace.

     
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Candy CHENG

Studying in Earth System Science is always joyful and exciting. Knowledge taught in lectures is closely related to our daily life. Apart from lectures, we can go outside the classroom and prove whether the things we have learnt are correct. Through exploring different parts of the Earth system such as the atmosphere and lithosphere, I get the whole picture of Mother Earth in different dimensions – to recreate the past, understand the present and predict the future. It seems like watching a non-stop drama that I never get bored. I have learnt a lot with great fun here. When we look at the sky, I can tell you how tall the cloud is. When we hold a rock, I can tell you the message hidden in it. That’s just cool, isn’t it? I am very grateful for being here.

     
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叶燕盈

我刚入学时,对地球系统科学何谓毫无认识,更諻论将它当成我的主修科目。但由于我尚未知道要选什么主修好,抱着试试看的心态,我就选修了地球系统科学的导论课程。
在高中的时候,我选修了物理、化学和生物作为我的文凭试选修科,当中除了因为三科我都十分喜欢之外,还因为我认为科学本来就是环环相扣-要对一个课题有充分的认识,就要有全面的科学知识基础。因此,要我在放弃其他在当中择其一钻研,是我极不愿意做的事。
幸好,地球系统科学不但内容有趣、贴紧生活,而且课程设计全面与弹性兼备,使我能自由选择自己想读的科目。
我感激自己是在大类收生之下入学,更感激遇上地球系统科学。选择主修的时限有两年之多,同学不妨多作尝试再决定。

     
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李玟颢

中学时,我就觉得地球好像一个循环不息的系统,背后有某种机制在推动着地球运作,平衡着万物,使地球亿万年来生气盎然。水在这里蒸发了,会在别处降下,河流、地下水道又会把水引回这里。这个系统不但生生不息,更仿佛环环相扣──河口地形使湿地形成,湿地孕育出红树林,红树林又会反过保护湿地--它为生物提供食粮和栖息地,又会它抓住水土,让淤泥堆积,更会过滤水中杂质,使河水更适合生物生存。
但是,这个系统像是受到了破坏。我们频频听见「五十年一遇」、「百年一遇」的自然灾害又发生了,坊间更有不少的传闻,说自然灾害与人类破坏大自然坏有关,像是兴趣水霸加重了地壳压力,间接促成汶川大地震,又有传闻说,旱灾、雨灾、风灾增加也是由全球暖化导致的。究竟这些事情有关连吗?又如何互相影响? 我不想只道听途说,我想从更科学的角度解构地球上的各个系统,于是我便怀着疑问入读地球系统科学。

     
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May CHIM

My interest towards Earth System Science was first aroused by studying Geography in secondary school. I love studying plate tectonics, but I don’t have much interest in studying the society. That’s why I have chosen Earth System Science but not Geography and Resources Management as my major.
Apart from having lectures, we also have field trips such as visiting Hong Kong Observatory and studying rock structures on-site in Hong Kong Geopark and Wutai Shan in China.
In these two years of study, I have gained a better picture of the principles behind global climatic issues and tectonic hazards. It is enjoyable to study what I am passionate about. I have no regrets taking this major.