Our research facilities rival those of leading Earth, atmospheric and environmental research institutions worldwide. Capabilities cover all aspects of field, laboratory and theoretical (computer modeling) investigations, with equipment ranging from aircraft for atmospheric studies, to electron microscopes, microprobes and spectrometers for mineralogical and geochemical investigations, and to high performance computers for modeling and simulation.
Acting as a hub for interdisciplinary research in molecular environmental science, the Williamson Research Centre houses a range of research laboratories and equipment for investigating our environment and the effect of human behaviour upon environmental systems. Work at the Williamson Research Centre involves not only geoscientists but also chemists and biologists, and the centre actively supports collaboration with the wider community.
Laboratories and equipment at the Williamson Research Centre include:
- Manchester Analytical Geochemistry Unit (MAGU)
- Mineral Analysis Facility (MAF)
- Environmental S.E.M.
- Cameca electron probe
- Scanning electron microscope
The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM) is the result of collaboration between the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and has been established as part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) to provide an aircraft measurement platform for use by all the UK atmospheric research community on campaigns throughout the world.
The Atmospheric Measurement Facility AMF is a NERC NCAS facility providing the UK scientific community with state-of-the-art observations of the atmosphere. It aims to provide users with experimental datasets based on high-quality measurements with traceability to standards and comprehensive documentation, and access to well-equipped field sites and laboratory facilities.
The Advanced Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry suite houses laboratories and equipment that are key to activities within the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. This group studies the Earth and Solar System by analysing extraterrestrial and terrestrial samples with the latest techniques of isotopic and elemental analysis.
The Basin and Seismic Visualisation suite supports current research and teaching in the Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience group. The laboratories and equipment allows us to drive new research methodologies and to make use of the latest software and hardware solutions.
The Rock Sectioning and Sample Preparation Facility provides the excellent quality specimen preparation that is an essential prerequisite in the study of earth and planetary materials. The majority of the sections produced are thin sections or polished thin sections. We hold extensive collections of thin sections, used in our taught courses and for research by advanced analytical methods.