We are exceptionally well-equipped with the latest technologies to enable our researchers to stay at the forefront of their fields.
The School houses an impressive range of facilities and services and is involved with a number of collaborative centres of research excellence. For example, we have a wide range of high-tech facilities for the analysis of rocks, minerals and fluids, for isotope analysis and measurement of the physical properties of rocks. We have excellent facilities and expertise for scientific computing in geographic information systems, meteorological models and geophysics. We also place a strong emphasis on field measurement techniques in ecological, atmospheric and earth sciences.
National Services and Facilities
The School hosts and manages a number of National analytical facilities, mainly on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council. We are partners in:
The School of GeoSciences has a small aircraft to examine the lower atmosphere and its interactions with the land surface. The aeroplane can make measurements of trace gas concentrations up to about 10,000 feet asl and take images of the Earth's surface.
The Facility carries out in-house research and provides a service to the earth and environmental science community. It is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Ion Micro-Probe (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, SIMS) Facility is located in the School of GeoSciences, Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
The NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF) loans equipment suitable for geophysical research free of charge to universities and other institutes engaged in environmental research within the NERC remit.
The NERC Recognised Experimental Geoscience (XG) facility is a suite of laboratories equipped to support experimental investigations of physical, chemical and coupled Earth processes across a range of conditions from ambient surficial environments, through subsurface aquifer and reservoir conditions to crustal and mantle processes.
The NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility is located in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and provides a specialist services to the environmental sciences community. Included in the Facility site are links to all relevant loan application and user information.
The facility supports in-house research and provides a service to the earth and environmental science community as well as to all units within Edinburgh University. The SEM is run in conjunction with the electron microprobe and ion microprobe units that together form a unique suite of analytical instruments.
The Sample Preparation facility in the School of GeoSciences, is an in-house facility offering a wide range of sample impregnation, cutting, grinding, separation and polishing services for the preparation of geological samples. The expertise and services are also available for the preparation of other materials.
The Cockburn Museum at King's Buildings holds a very extensive collection of geological specimens and historical objects which reflect Edinburgh's prominent position in geological sciences since the time of James Hutton (1726-1797) and its continuing activity today.
Since 2009, the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) has led strategic, multidisciplinary investigations of biochar. It is based in the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Newcastle University and Rothamsted Research.
The X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer is located in the Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh . The facility primarily supports research programmes within the School of GeoSciences but also provides an analytical service to the wider earth science, environmental and consultative communities.
The School houses a wide range of geochemical facilities which support research within the School. These facilities also support teaching programmes within the School of GeoSciences and provide an analytical service to other units within the University and other external research bodies.
The mechanical workshop provides design, build and manufacture services on different types of materials and for a wide range of purposes. We support research and teaching, activities and work closely with our customers in the development of bespoke apparatus.
An Organic Geochemistry laboratory housing wide-ranging analytical capabilities for extraction, separation, identification and quantification of a wide range of natural and contaminant chemicals, in addition to C and N elemental and stable isotopic analyses.
The Tephra Analysis Unit (TAU), located at the School of Geosciences University of Edinburgh is an internationally recognised centre for the analysis of volcanic glasses and melt inclusions by electron probe microanalysis . The TAU has many clients from throughout the UK, and from countries including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, USA and Estonia.