We measure a broad range of inorganic substances across a wide suite of environmental materials, such as water, soil, sediment, rock and biological materials. These data are used to provide evidence of the pathways of beneficial and harmful elements through the environment to plant, animal and human receptors. We provide analytical services, technical training and undertake collaborative research with UK and international partners.
We measure organic compounds in soils, sediments and waters at the bulk and molecular level to evaluate hydrocarbon resources, assess environmental pollution, including legacy and emerging contaminants in the critical zone and specialise in tracking natural organic matter through the geosphere.
We are a node of the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities, focussed on (1) uranium-daughter geochronology (U-Pb, Th-Pb and U-Th) applied to a broad range of geoscience topics, and (2) isotope tracers (e.g., Si, Cu, Sr, Pb, U) for a range of contemporary environmental processes (e.g., biosphere mapping, hydrology, depleted uranium). We work with the UK HEI community and international partners to deliver research, method development and training.
We are a node of the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities, and employ a wide variety of stable isotope methodologies in environmental change, pollution, hydrology, and human-landscape interactions research. We are also an integral part of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, a collaboration between BGS and the University of Nottingham.
The Centre for Environmental Geochemistry combines the British Geological Survey's and the University of Nottingham's strengths, focussing on the use of geochemistry in research, training and teaching around reconstructing past environmental and climate change, biogeochemical cycling including pollution typing/provenance and the use of geochemical tools for research into the subsurface. Inorganic Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry and the Stable Isotope Facility all form an integral part of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry.