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Facilities at Exeter


Excellent facilities and expert support

Streatham Campus boasts many experimental and analytical laboratories for physical geography (radiometry; palynology; luminescence spectrometry; soil, sediment and water analysis). It also offers the £3.7 million Sediment Research Facility funded by the Science Research Investment Fund which provides additional laboratories, experimental facilities (flumes and rainfall simulators) and a wide range of state of the art analytical equipment.

These facilities are supported by a team of expert laboratory, research and computing technicians.

Location: room 395, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

The Experimental Area contains a recirculating Armfield flume with a working section 10m long by 600mm wide by 650mm deep, and with a maximum flow rate of 180 litres per second. This is used to study sediment transport and flow hydraulics.

Location: Lab B6 Hatherly Labs
Lead Academic: Dr Claire M. Belcher

This European Union ERC funded lab is a specifically designed experimental PalaeoFire Laboratory that enables the flammability of natural fuels to be tested. It comprises state of the art flammability testing apparatus as well as general palaeontological preparation areas. Find out more information on the PalaeoFire Lab.

Location: room 430, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

The clean room is an ultraclean facility used to prepare rock samples for cosmogenic nuclide analysis. We currently analyse the rare nuclides Be-10, Al-26 and Cl-36 and the laboratory is one of only a few of its kind in the United Kingdom. We have projects running in all parts of the world from Antarctica to Greenland, and from Africa to Australia.

Location: room 432, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

The School of Geography runs an analytical laboratory in support of the sediment research facility with the following capabilities:

  • AAS for the analysis of heavy metals (in ppm)
  • ICP for the analysis of soils, sediments and water (in ppb)
  • An autoanalyser for the analysis of water quality including nitrates, phosphates, sulphates and carbonate in liquid form.
  • A Carbon and Nitrogen analyser for sediment samples
  • A number of particle size analysers including four Sedigraphs and a Laser Digisizer.

The laboratory also has capability to analyse soils for the following parameters:

  • Phosphates
  • Nitrates
  • Humification
  • Loss On Ignition (total organic matter content)
  • Chlorophyll A
  • Pollens

Location: room 435, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

This laboratory process soil and sediment samples which are then run in the specialist equipment in the analytical lab.

Location: room B8, Hatherly Laboratories, Streatham Campus

This facility has recently benefitted from £40k investment to add high specification binocular and optical microscopy facilities, imaging and auto-analysis equipment.

Location: room 362, Amory Buuilding, Streatham Campus

This modern environmental magnetism laboratory is equipped with low and high temperature magnetic susceptibility meters, pulse demagnetisers, and fluxgate spinner magnetometers.

Location: room 274, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

This facility is used for preparing soil and sediment samples for analysis and is equipped with three dust extraction hoods. It houses a range of specialised equipment including:

  • Grinding equipment including a rotary sieve/grinder
  • Sieving equipment, including sieve shakers
  • Freeze driers

Location: room 392, Amory Building, Streatham Campus

This laboratory houses a range of HPGe gamma spectrometers and alpha spectrometers that are used for analysing environmental radionuclides in soil, sediment and water samples. This equipment primarily supports research involving the use of fallout radionuclides (eg, Cs-137, Pb-210 and Be-7) as sediment tracers and the dating of sediment deposits (eg,floodplain and lake cores) using both Cs-137 and Pb-210. It includes:

  • P- and N- type coaxial HPGe Gamma detectors
  • HPGe well detectors
  • A field portable HPGe gamma detector
  • A suite of Alpha detectors