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.
Facilities Senior Management Team (FSMT)
FSMT is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of the School's facilities. It is made up of:
The Academic Head of Facilities (Prof. Simon Harley) - Responsible for leading the effective and strategic management of the School’s facilities.
The Physical Resources & Scientific Technical Services Manager (Dr Matthew Ball) - Manages the Schools technical services team, space and physical resources.
If you have any queries about the facilities please contact us:
AHoF - Simon.Harley@ed.ac.uk
0131 650 4839
PR&STS Manager - email@example.com
0131 650 4847
Responsibilities of Facility Managers and Users
The following document outlines the responsibilities of Facility Managers and Users in all laboratories and facilities in the School of GeoSciences. The responsibilities are a high level summary of a managers/users duties. Some facilities/labs with have more specific procedures for users to follow and the appropriate manager should be approached prior to working in them.
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:
School Services and Facilities
Facilities Documents and Presentations
School Facilities in Alphabetical Order
School Facilities listed by analysis type or activity and contacts.
The Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC) exists to provide integrated and interdisciplinary facilities for the application of microbeam techniques to material analysis.
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.
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 Airborne GeoSciences Facility operates a fleet of manned and unmanned aircraft equipped with state of the art sensors to support research and teaching across the School of GeoSciences and beyond.
The Applied Geoscience Laboratory has a suite of experimental equipment for research into the secure and sustainable utilisation of the subsurface for low carbon energy applications.
GREAT: Geo Reservoir Experimental Analogue Technology. True triaxial experimental investigation of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical processes in subsurface applications.
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 Electron Probe Microanalysis Facility features a world-class Cameca SX100 instrument and is
located in the Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences, at the University of Edinburgh.
The Tephra Analysis Unit (TAU) is an internationally recognised centre for the electron probe microanalysis of volcanic glasses and melt inclusions. It is located at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh The TAU has numerous clients from the UK and the rest of Europe, and South America.
The optical microscopy laboratory is located in the School of GeoSciences and is used by undergraduate, postgraduate, research and teaching staff within the School.
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 University of Edinburgh's Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory prepares samples for the measurement of cosmogenic isotopes by Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS).
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
The School has an established stable isotope laboratory, which was partially funded by the Wolfson Foundation when it was setup in 1996.
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 XRD is located in the Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh . The facility supports internal and external research.
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.
Physical Geography Laboratories:
Information about the Field Equipment used for Teaching or Research
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.
The Organic Geochemistry facility houses wide-ranging analytical capabilities for extraction, separation, identification and quantification of a wide range of natural and contaminant organic chemicals, in addition to carbon and nitrogen elemental and stable isotopic analyses.