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Geography and Environmental Science


Geography and Environment Laboratory Suite:

Teaching laboratory
Teaching laboratory

Teaching Laboratory

This teaching space can accommodate 35 students. It is equipped with microscopes and smart board. This is used for undergraduate practical classes and independent work on 3rd year dissertation projects

Student feedback: "The practical labwork was varied and interesting, really fun stuff, practical Geography at its best!"

Environmental Processes Laboratory

Research Laboratory

Physical Geography laboratory for research and teaching of sedimentology and geochemistry. Methods include carbon content measurement by loss on ignition, wet sieving, dry sieving, suspended solid filtering, magnetic susceptibility, soil and water chemistry. Facilities include freeze drying and cold storage.

Palaeo-environmental  Laboratory
Palaeo-environmental Laboratory

Palaeo-environmental Laboratory

Postgraduate and research laboratory for palaeoenvironmental research, with Stereo, Petrological and biological research level Nikon microscopes , with the capacity for photomicroscopy on many. Proxies studied include pollen, plant macrofossils, diatoms, testates and chironomids.

Chemical preparation Laboratory

The lab has 3 fume cabinets, including 1 set up for work with Hydrofluoric (HF) acid. Equipment available in this lab includes 2 centrifuges, water baths, a distilled water machine, wet and micro-mesh sieving apparatus, heater-stirrers, hot-plates and vortex mixers.

Tephra Laboratory
Tephra Laboratory

Tephra Laboratory

Specialist Laboratory for the extraction of tephra (volcanic ash) from sediment samples and its application in Tephrochronology.

aDNA laboratory

Laboratory for the extraction of DNA genetic markers from ancient samples from sediment cores and permafrost soils. The DNA results are matched with a species database to reveal evidence of species that previously lived in an environment.


Chilworth Hydraulics Laboratory

Chilworth Hydraulics Laboratory
Chilworth Hydraulics Laboratory

At the Chilworth engineering building at the University Science Park there is a 6.5m flume for simulating river flows and larger outdoor flumes can be used in collaboration with Civil Engineering and Environment.

The Fish Research Facility is a purpose built suite of mesocosms designed to be used for the experimental manipulation of spawning and rearing habitat of benthic spawning fish. It could also be used in experiments requiring different environmental conditions to be manipulated for other species. The treated water is recirculated through 48 individual tanks, thus each has the same water supply. This can be manipulated prior to each tank.

"Using the flume allowed experiments to be conducted in a controlled fluvial setting, developing my fieldwork skills which I will take with me to further education and future employment".

James White (3rd year student)

Environmental Sensing Facility

Our field spectroscopy laboratory sustains equipment to support GECEO’s field experiments in Earth observation, including the vicarious calibration of aircraft and satellite sensors.

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