Our department is housed in an award-winning, purpose-built six-floor building on the edge of Weston Park, lying close to Western Bank Library, the Students' Union and central lecture theatres.

We have a well equipped computer teaching laboratory, postgraduate and undergraduate physical geography laboratories, and image processing facilities which provide an important component for teaching and research in remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).

Geochemistry Laboratory (B11j)

Our geochemistry lab is used for sample preparation and research into environmental science areas such as remediation, climate change and supporting undergraduate dissertations.

Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (B11a)

Our analytical chemistry laboratory houses facilities and equipment for the analysis of research into areas such as low-level nutrients, pesticides, organics and organic/inorganic carbon. Equipment includes Ion Chromatography (IC), continuous flow analysis (Skalar), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Sievers TOC analysis.

Sediment Laboratory (B11h)

The sediment laboratory is used for the preparation and analysis of rock, soil and sediment samples for both research and teaching purposes. Our preparation facilities include ovens, furnaces, sample milling and sieve shaking whilst analysis includes Laser Particle Size Analysis (PSA) and Olympus Delta Handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF).

Teaching Laboratory (B06)

The teaching laboratory houses all our undergraduate teaching and laboratory based dissertation projects. With space for up to 50 students, subject areas taught include; chemical and microbiological analysis of water and soils, glaciology and rocks and minerals.

Sheffield Luminescence Dating Laboratory (A08)

Luminescence dating can be used to accurately date quartz and feldspar rich sediments. The luminescence facility has a suite of laboratories which are fully equipped to isolate and clean the appropriate grain size mineral fractions from sediment samples under controlled darkroom conditions and date the final product in the range of 10 - 300,000+ years using Riso luminescence measurers.

To find out more about our luminescence dating, and the service we provide, please click here.