The Geography laboratories contain an extensive suite of analytical and geotechnical instruments which are overseen and supported by a team of dedicated technical staff. Our laboratories facilitate world class research and are used extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We also have a state-of-the-art remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) computing laboratory within the department.
The department has a range of cold store facilities for the storage of research and teaching samples. Within the Geography Department we have several freestanding refrigerators and freezers, a walk-in refrigerator for samples being actively worked on and a -80°C freezer used in the freeze drying process. Elsewhere on the University’s Science Site we have two further walk-in refrigerators used for long term storage of samples and three refrigerated containers that are used to house large numbers of sediment cores collected on research cruises. We use a sample tracking software to manage our extensive collection of samples.
The Geography Department has an extensive collection of field equipment. This equipment is available for loan to undergraduate and postgraduate geography students, and members of geography staff. The workshop supports teaching and research activities in the department, manufacturing equipment and managing the field equipment stores.
The Geography Department owns several vehicles for use by postgraduate and geography staff. We have two “clean” cars (Toyota Auris estate hybrid and a Volkswagen Passat estate) and three fieldwork vehicles (two Ford Rangers and a Vauxhall Vivaro short wheel based van). In addition, we have several boats which are used for UK and overseas fieldwork.
The Geography Cartographic Unit provides a wide range of design, reprographic, print, photographic and audio visual facilities. Our unit supports research and teaching throughout the University. The unit also provide our services to external clients.