Facilities

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area has several world-class instrumentation, analytical, and simulation resources that support and augment many research programs within the Area. Many of these resources are also available to collaborators, Berkeley scientists, and visiting researchers. A few of these resources are widely used to support cross-Division research.

Berkeley Lab Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Imaging Program

The Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) imaging program is uniquely located on the roof blocks of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) linear accelerator (“linac”) and beamline test facility. By exploiting the spatial and temporal resolutions available from the infrared photon beams, we develop and offer state-of-the-art instrumentation for unprecedented characterization and imaging of interactions among plants, microbes, and the environment.

Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab

The Earth & Environmental Sciences Area’s Rock Dynamics and Imaging Laboratory has capabilities to make measurements on rock, fractured rock, and soil samples over a wide range of temperature and pressure conditions needed to understand mechanical and hydrologic processes. Many studies can also be performed with concurrent X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging, allowing not only…

Center for Computational Geoscience

The Center for Computational Geoscience (CCG) maintains a state-of-the-art computing environment in support of various seismological and geophysical research programs, in particular the development of new methods for imaging the subsurface and its processes, and methods for visualizing results.

Center for Isotope Geochemistry

The Center for Isotope Geochemistry (CIG) is a joint-institution research center, with labs both at LBNL and UC Berkeley. This state-of-the-art analytical facility was established in 1988 to measure the concentrations and isotopic compositions of elements in rocks, minerals, and fluids in the earth’s crust, atmosphere, and oceans.

Geosciences Measurement Facility

The Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF), a DOE-supported facility designed to develop and maintain a variety of geophysical and geoscience instrumentation and measurement equipment, includes electronic and mechanical technicians and shop facilities, field support vehicles, (including wireline and recording trucks), and a borehole test facility.