NIGL has established a centre of international excellence in geochronology emphasising the U-Th-Pb decay system. This capability has evolved much in recent years in response to user demand towards addressing a wider range of problems (for example, erosion studies, Quaternary dating, high-precision/accuracy dating of the stratigraphic record).
Comprehensive analytical capabilities exist at NIGL, where we combine high-precision isotope dilution methods with high-spatial resolution techniques that use laser ablation for spatially resolved sampling. This critical collection of capabilities and expertise allows us to tackle a wide variety of projects for the UK user community. In addition to our NERC facility program of work NIGL also plays a crucial role in providing geochronological data for UK and international BGS geology programmes.