School of GeoSciences

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility

Our School hosts the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility, which maintains and provides a pool of state-of-the-art spectroscopy instruments for the UK research community.

The Field Spectroscopy Facility is an expanding world-class facility supporting Earth system science under the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).   We are located in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, and overseen by NERC's National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

We loan world-class calibrated field spectroscopy equipment to research scientists in academia and industry.  Since our establishment in 1988, we have supported over 500 loans in research projects worldwide including field campaigns in Antarctica, Scotland, Botswana, Namibia, Indonesia, Iceland, Lapland, England, Ireland, Australia, Brazil and Vanuatu.

We also develop and deliver training courses, development and improve Earth observation instrumentation and work with national bodies to support calibration/validation exercises.


The facility owns a pool of high-quality field spectroradiometers with associated calibration and support equipment. 

Instruments are available either for loan through NERC supported research, or hire for commissioned research projects. 

Access to facility resources

Access to facility resources is available free of charge to the UK research community, subject to expert peer review. 

The facility offers loans to UK academic institutions that are free at the point of use. 

Non-UK academic institutions or commercial hires are welcome to contact the facility to discuss your requirements.

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility website

We encourage you to visit our NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility website for more details, including:

  • full equipment catalogue
  • loan information and application forms
  • laboratory equipment and calibration standards
  • a range of helpful resources including workshops, outreach, instrument resources, blog posts and research examples

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility website

Follow us on Twitter @NERC_FSF


Contact and location


The NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility is located in the Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences at the King's Buildings campus, University of Edinburgh. 

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For more information or to access our facility resources, we encourage you to visit our NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility website for more details.

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility website

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require any further information not available on our Facility website.

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF)  

Address: Room 248, Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, James Hutton Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FE