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Currently the Faculty employs 100 academic staff. It is entitled to confer the academic degrees of doctor and habilitated doctor in Earth Sciences in the field of Geography. In the years 1924-2012, the PhD degree in Geography at the University of Warsaw was awarded to 278 candidates.The Faculty’s staff includes eminent scientists representing a whole spectrum of the field of geography and related sciences. They participate in international scientific exchanges and initiatives (amongst others, as active members of the committees of the International Geographical Union, International Association for Landscape Ecology, National Committee to the International Cartographic Association, European Urban Research Association,European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, European Council for Social Research on Latin America, International Association of Hydrological Sciences), cooperate with major Polish publishers and work as external experts on issues related to environmental and spatial management.

The research undertaken by the Institute of Physical Geography deals with the structure and dynamic of the natural environment. In the geomorphological aspects, it includes studies on relief transformation in different morphogenetic zones, contemporary morphogenesis and human impact on morphogenetic processes. In the hydrological and climatic aspects, research focuses on the evaluation of waterbalance components in catchment basins, impact of human activity on hydrological processes, water management, protection of water resources and forecasting hydrological processes, analyses of climate changes, impact of geographic factors on the climate, urban climate and bioclimate. Geoecological research focuses on analyses of landscape structures and modes of operation, exploration of the interrelationships between the components of the natural system,evaluation of the potential of such systems as well as landscape planning, protection and management.

The Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management conducts research on the methodology and history of socio-economic geography, changes in urban spatial and social structures, suburbanisation processes, structure of services, metropolitan areas management, promotion of cities, local and regional policies,local government operation, factors underpinning economic development, determinants and consequences of the development of tourism.

The Institute of Regional and Global Studies undertakes research on contemporary socio-economic transformations viewed in the global, regional and local perspective and on social and environmental determinants of change in the countries of Latin America and the Middle East. The studies focus on development factors and barriers, functional structures of cities and selected regions, regional planning and development, and the interactions between man and the environment in various regions of the world.

The Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing develops new methods of using remote sensing techniques in the studies of geographic environment. The Department of Cartography focuses its research on data generalisation issues and cartographic presentation methods.Research carried out by the Laboratory of Spatial Information Systems is aimed to develop methods of preparation of electronic maps and examine the structure of databases and modes of their presentation. The Mazovian Geographical Centre at Murzynowo near Płock performs measurements and conducts methodological, hydrological and geochemical studies. Studies on the methodology of teaching geography are also conducted at the Faculty.

Research undertaken at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw enjoys a special position particularly in the following areas: landscape ecology, modelling of hydrological processes, morphodynamic processes in desert and young glacial conditions, urban climate, determinants of global climate changes and bioclimatology, urbanisation processes, local and regional development, tourism management, man-environment interactions in selected areas of Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Pacific region, cartographic and remote sensing methods.