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NERC provides comprehensive airborne research capability for the benefit of the environmental science community. Find out more about NERC's aircraft facilities.

Contacts

British Antarctic Survey
Rod Arnold
01223 221500

ARSF annual report (PDF, 251KB)

The Argon Isotope Facility (AIF) provides 40Ar/39Ar analytical facilities for determining the age and rates of geological processes, ranging from recent problems in global climate change, volcanic hazards and biologic evolution, to questions regarding the oldest history of the Earth, moon and solar system.

AIF website - external link

Contacts

Dr Darren Mark
Argon Isotope Facility
01355 270194

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

AIF annual report (PDF, 156KB)

The AMF operates and facilitates access to strategically located observatories and laboratories in addition to specialist cutting edge instrumentation for ground based and airborne atmospheric observations.

AMF website - external link

Contacts

Dr Barbara Brooks
Atmospheric Measurement Facility
0113 343 1587

The British Isles continuous GNSS Facility (BIGF) can provide information for georeferencing of airborne imagery, long-term regional vertical ground movement, gravity waves, atmospheric water vapour studies, tidal elevation, wildlife tracking, numerical weather prediction, precise heighting, ionospheric studies and kinematic data processing.

BIGF website - external link

Contacts

Dr Richard Bingley
British Isles continuous GNSS Facility
0115 9513932

Dr David Baker
British Isles continuous GNSS Facility
0115 8466025

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

BIGF annual report (PDF, 275KB)

The British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF) provides access to core samples taken from beneath the ocean by NERC ships and NERC-funded researchers.

BOSCORF website - external link

Contacts

Dr Suzanne MacLachlan
British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility
023 8059 6567

BOSCORF annual report (PDF, 352KB)

The Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility (CIAF) provides cosmogenic radionuclide (eg 10Be, 26Al and 36Cl ) analytical facilities for research in geomorphology, Quaternary science and allied areas of the earth and environmental sciences.

CIAF website - external link

Contacts

Dr Angel Rodes
Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centres
01355 270155

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

CIAF annual report (PDF, 508KB)

The Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) facility is one of the world's most advanced meteorological radar experimental facilities, and is home to the world's largest fully steerable meteorological radar.

CFARR website - external link

Contacts

Chris Walden
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
01235 445601

Geraint Vaughan
NCAS
0161 306 3931

CFARR annual report (PDF, 560KB)

The Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa is the most diverse collection of its kind in the world, with around 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds.

CCAP website - external link

Contacts

The European Incoherent Scatter Radar (EISCAT) UK Support Facility supports UK users of the EISCAT radars. These radars conduct research on the lower, middle and upper atmosphere and ionosphere, using the technique of incoherent scatter.

EISCAT website - external link

Contacts

Ian McCrea
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
01235 446513

Geraint Vaughan
NCAS
0161 306 3931

EISCAT annual report (PDF, 221KB)

The Facility for Environmental Nanoparticle Analysis & Characterisation (FENAC) provides nanoparticle imaging, analysis and characterisation from relevant samples including complex biological and environmental media.

FENAC website - external link

Contacts

Professor Eva Valsami-Jones
Facility for Environmental Nanoparticle Analysis & Characterisation
0121 414 5537

Tracey Timms-Wilson
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
01491 692271

FENAC annual report (PDF, 238KB)

The Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF), based in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, provides well-characterised, fully calibrated spectroscopy instruments and integrated measurement systems covering the visible to thermal infra-red spectral regions (0·4 to 14·5 µ) which underpin NERC optical Earth Observation (EO) science, but which are also maintained and available for loan to users to support any ground-based remote sensing activity.

FSF website - external link

Contacts

Alasdair MacArthur
Facilities Manager
University of Edinburgh
0131 650 5926

Martin Wooster
Director of NCEO EO Instrumentation & Facilities
National Centre for Earth Observation & King's College London
020 7848 2577

FSF annual report (PDF, 930KB)

The Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF) loans equipment suitable for land-based geophysical research to universities and other institutes engaged in research within the NERC remit. It also provides advice and training for project researchers.

 

  • GEF (Edinburgh) - external link - is located within the Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh and forms the central administrative node. It specialises in support for GPS, GPR and Geomagnetism.
  • GEF (Leicester) - external link - SEIS-UK is located within the Department of Geology at Leicester University and specialises in support for Seismology.
  • GEF (Durham & Southampton) - external link - OBIF (Ocean Bottom Instrument Facility) is located within Durham and Southampton Universities and specialises in seabed multi-sensor geophysical instrumentation.

Contacts

Mr A Hobbs
Geophysical Equipment Facility
0131 6682282

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

GEF annual report (PDF, 1.1MB)

We provide high performance computing facilities to environmental scientists. Find out more about NERC's high performance computing facilities.

Contacts

Dr Frances Collingborn
01793 411981

The Ion Microprobe Facility (IMF) provides microanalysis of a wide range of Earth materials, including geochronology using U-Th-Pb dating of zircon and other U and Th bearing minerals and the analysis of a wide range of stable isotope ratios (H, Li, B, N, C, O, S, Si), trace elements (eg for rare-earth elements, large ion lithophile elements, high field strength elements) and light elements (H, Li, Be, B, C, N).

IMF website - external link

Contacts

Dr R Hinton
Ion Microprobe Facility
0131 6508548

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

IMF annual report (PDF, 575KB)

The Isotope Community Support Facility (ICSF) provides stable isotopic analysis primarily in support of high quality research in the full cycle of applied minerals research, from genetic modelling informing exploration and exploitation, through to remediation, eg of acid mine drainage.

ICSF website - external link

Contacts

Dr A Boyce
Isotope Community Support Facility
01355 270143

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

ICSF annual report (PDF, 202KB)

NERC maintains three facilities for provision of organic and light stable isotope mass spectrometry: East Kilbride (SUERC), Lancaster (CEH-Lancaster) and Bristol (School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol).

Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facilities website - external link

Contacts

Dr I Bull(Bristol)
01179 546967

Dr J Newton(E. Kilbride)
01355 270138

Dr A Stott(Lancaster)
01524 595865

Tracey Timms-Wilson
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
01491 692271

LSMSF annual report (PDF, 306KB)

The Mesosphere Stratosphere Troposphere Radar Facility (MSTRF) enables studies of atmospheric winds, waves, turbulence, surface temperature, pressure, humidity, rainfall and solar radiation.

MSTRF website - external link

Contacts

Dr D Hooper
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
01235 445705

Geraint Vaughan
NCAS
0161 306 3931

MSTRF annual report (PDF, 412KB)

This facility delivers professional technology to UK marine scientists.

National Marine Equipment Pool website - external link

Contacts

Colin Day
Programme Manager, NMF-Sea Systems
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
023 8059 6109

Sam Winter
NMEP co-ordinator
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
023 8059 6049

Beth Woodward
Marine planning officer
01793 442597

Sea Systems is organised to assist UK science and supports over thirty research cruises every year, some twenty of which will be on NERC vessels operated by Sea System.

National Marine Facilities - Sea Systems website - external link

Formerly the Molecular Genetics Facility, this five node facility provides access to various biomolecular research capabilities. Both NBAF-E and NBAF-L are pay-as-you-go facilities.

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility website - external link

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Edinburgh

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Edinburgh offers high quality sequencing and a flexible range of bioinformatic analyses.

Professor Mark Blaxter
0131 6506760

Dr Karim Gharbi
0131 650 7489

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Birmingham

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Birmingham specialises in metabolomics, providing training, and high resolution MS and NMR based analyses.

Professor Mark Viant
0121 4142219

Dr Ulf Sommer
0121 414 8699

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Liverpool

Liverpool offers access to high-throughput sequencing and digital quantitation platforms as well as support in bioinformatic analyses.

Professor Steve Paterson
0151 7954509

Dr Christiane Hertz-Fowler
0151 7954417

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Sheffield

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Sheffield provides training and facilities to support a wide range of genetic and genomic studies that address ecological and evolutionary questions.

Professor Terry Burke
0114 2220096

Dr Deborah Dawson
0114 2220106

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Bioinformatics

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility enhances the collective expertise in data generation and bioinformatics offered by the NBAF and provides access to the Bio-Linux computing platform, access to the National Grid Service, GeneSpring software licences, as well as direct support for the analysis of data associated with NERC-funded science. Please discuss your bioinformatics needs with the most appropriate NBAF Node, based on the technology of the approach you are planning (ie NBAF-B, NBAF-E, NBAF-L or NBAF-S), or contact Sarah Turner to discuss your needs. From April 2015 resources will be made available for these nodes to enhance their direct bioinformatics support and to provide training for users.

For a short period, some existing bioinformatics projects will continue to be delivered by NBAF-Wallingford.

Gwyn Rees
01491 692343

Dr Gweon Hyun Soon
07766003254

Contacts

Tracey Timms-Wilson
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
01491 692271

NBAF annual report (PDF, 190KB)

The NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) supports UK research scientists with remote sensing data and information. It has the capability to automatically receive, archive, process and map global data from multiple sensors in near-real time, including MERIS, MODIS, SeaWiFS, AVHRR and CASI, allowing the support of global studies.

This service is hosted at two sites: data reception, acquisition and archiving is provided by the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (DSRS) team at the University of Dundee; and data processing is provided by the Remote Sensing Data Analysis Service (RSDAS) at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

NEODAAS website - external link

DSRS website - external link

Contacts

Mr N Lonie
Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
University of Dundee
01382 384409

Mr Ben Taylor
Remote Sensing Data Analysis Service
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
01752 633432

Martin Wooster
National Centre for Earth Observation
020 7848 2577

NEODAAS annual report (PDF, 404KB)

The NERC Facility for Scientific Diving (NFSD) maintains an equipment pool and provides advice, guidance and training for scientific diving projects as well as undertaking research and development projects to advance underwater research techniques.

NFSD website - external link

Contacts

Dr M Sayer
NERC Facility for Scientific Diving
01631 559236

Geraint West
National Oceanography Centre
02380 596147

NFSD annual report (PDF, 397KB)

NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) is a comprehensive stable and radiogenic isotope laboratory facility that undertakes environmental, life, archaeological and Earth science research.

The facility is used for solid earth geoscience, geochronology, pollution, hydrology, climate change, archaeology, forensic and medical applications.

NIGL website - external link

Stable Isotope Facility (SIF) - external link

Contacts

Professor Melanie Leng (Stable Isotopes)
NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
0115 936 3515

Dr Dan Condon (Radiogenic Isotopes)
NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
0115 936 3191

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

NIGL annual report (PDF, 323KB)

NERC provides support for natural abundance radiocarbon analyses via two facility nodes.

NRCF website - external link

Contacts

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

NERC Radiocarbon Facility annual report (PDF, 290KB)

NERC Radiocarbon Facility (Oxford), Oxford University

Formerly ORADS (Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Dating Service), this facility is used for science-based/environmental archaeology projects.

Dr T Higham
NRCF (Oxford)
01865 285231

NERC Radiocarbon Facility (East Kilbride), SUERC, East Kilbride

Formerly NERC RCL (NERC Radiocarbon Laboratory), this facility is used for earth and environmental science projects.

Dr C Bryant
NRCF (East Kilbride)
01355 260037

Dr S Moreton
NRCF (East Kilbride)
01355 260037

The British Antarctic Survey operates polar research stations in the Antarctic and Arctic on NERC's behalf. It also maintains two modern ice-strengthened research ships, a fleet of specially-adapted aircraft and various off-the-shelf and specialised vehicles.

Find out more about NERC's polar research facilities.

Contacts

Dr Ned Garnett
Head of atmospheric & polar science
01793 442543

Dr Lisa Hole
Science programme officer
01793 444077

Scot-MRF delivers National Capability to NERC in the areas of development, testing and ready-to-go operational deployment of autonomous gliders, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

MRF website - external link

Contacts

 

The Space Geodesy Facility (SGF) at Herstmonceux supports geodetic and geophysical research through satellite tracking and related data products.

SGF website - external link

Contacts

Dr G Appleby
Space Geodesy Facility
01323 833 888

Adele Gardner
British Geological Survey
0115 936 3330

SGF annual report (PDF, 681KB)