Established in 1853 as the first Portuguese Meteorological and Geophysical Observatory, IDL has developed into an integrated Earth System Institute, with research in solid Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric processes, their interactions, and their relevance for a sustainable society. The IDL team, with researchers in 6 Portuguese Universities, brings together different Geosciences disciplines, and builds on their knowledge to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the 21 century global challenges on Climate Change, management of Natural Hazards, Resources, and Energy.

IDL hosts a vibrant community of PhD students, many pursuing research within international collaborations, all focused in contributing to leading scientific journals in their fields. IDL researchers apply methods from Geology, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering, to contribute to a better understanding of the Earth dynamics and environment, from geological to human timescales.