Isotope geoscience facilities

This group of facilities provides collaborative support for a broad range of stable and radiogenic isotope methodologies applied to the earth sciences, with particular emphasis on geochronology and environmental studies.

If you are eligible for a NERC training award or research grant, you can apply for access to these facilities. You can find out more about your eligibility by reading section C of the NERC research grants handbook. Before submitting your application, it is important that you first seek the advice of staff at the relevant facility. Applications are reviewed twice yearly by the Steering Committee.

Geochronology and tracers facility Geochronology and tracers facility

The Geochronology and tracers facility is based at BGS, Keyworth. We focus on uranium-daughter geochronology (U-Pb, Th-Pb and U-Th) applied to a broad range of geoscience topics, and isotope tracers (e.g., Si, Cu, Sr, Pb, Hf, U) for a range of contemporary environmental processes (e.g., biosphere mapping, hydrology, depleted uranium). We work with the UK higher education institutes community and international partners to deliver research, method development and training.

Stable isotope facility Stable isotope facility

The stable isotope facility is based at BGS, Keyworth. We 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.

Argon isotope facility Argon isotope facility

The argon isotope facility is based at SUERC, East Kilbride, and 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.

Isotope community support facility Isotope community support facility

The isotope community support facility is based at SUERC, East Kilbride, and provides stable isotopic analysis primarily in support of high quality applied minerals research, from genetic modelling informing exploration and exploitation, through to remediation, e.g. of acid mine drainage.

Radiocarbon Facility Radiocarbon Facility

The NERC Radiocarbon Facility provides funded radiocarbon dating research services to the academic community served by NERC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility

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


For further information contact BGS enquiries.