Our Instrumentation, Analytical, and Simulation Resources

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 Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology 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.

Center for Computational Geoscience

The Center for Computational Geoscience 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 has the capabilities 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 has an extensive inventory of commercial and world-unique equipment, as well as a staff that can support a variety of laboratory and field research activities. Engineers and technicians develop novel instrumentation and field methods, carry out field experiments, and perform project management associated with subsurface, terrestrial, atmosphere, and ocean-based projects.


Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab

The Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab consists of facilities for preparing samples and conducting geomechanical, hydrological, and geophysical tests on geological materials under elevated temperature and pressure. It also includes and X-ray CT imaging facility with core-scale multiphysics experimental capability. Ultra-high resolution synchrotron computed tomographic imaging and nanometer-scale imaging capability using the focused-ion-beam milling/SEM imaging technique are linked to the Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab through partnerships with the ALS and Materials Sciences Division, respectively.