Centre for Coastal Research (CCR)

Research facilities

The group has excellent facilities in the Geography research-dedicated laboratories. These include the Sediment Lab., Analytical Lab., Rock Weathering Lab., Sieving Room and Microfossil Lab. We also have access to the university’s advanced microscopy facility.

In addition the Gamma spectrometry facility has an ultra-low background gamma spectrometry system, used for Pb-210 and Cs-137 dating of soils, sediments, and peats. It is also used to measure gamma-emitting radionuclides in environmental samples. The GC-MS laboratory has a high precision Gas Chromatography mass spectrometer, used for the determination of trace levels of organic pollutants in estuarine and coastal systems. Further analytical facilities include LC-MS, flame AAS, ICP-AES, FT-IR spectroscopy and UV and visible spectrophotometry equipment for the determination of inorganic and organic contaminants in natural systems.

We have facilities for high precision field surveying (including tacheometer and DGPS), field sampling (including augers, Russian and gouge coring equipment) and field monitoring (both short and long term). Field research is facilitated using the Geography Landrover.

The Global Studies Resource Centre has an extensive map library and aerial photographic collection that is continually updated.