On campus facilities
A total of £35 million has been invested by Lancaster University and its partner, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in Lancaster Environment Centre’s buildings and facilities during the past decade.
Integration between the various communities within LEC, is facilitated by a central atrium and covered courtyard, which lie at the heart of the building.
Our wide range of research interests demands an equally wide range of facilities and equipment.
Our laboratories enable integrated studies of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems, using chemical, biochemical, physical and biological analysis. Ten walk-in environment rooms allow us to conduct carefully controlled experiments and simulate a variety of change conditions. There are fifteen glasshouses on site, giving easy access between growing areas and laboratories.
Students and researchers benefit from a wide range of equipment and software including a flume tank to measure river flow, GIS software to generate maps, a rainfall simulator and erosion maker and data management software, world leading environmental chemistry and geochemistry facilities and photonics.
We continuously invest in the research facilities and equipment that underpin our research. Recent investments and initiatives include:
• World-leading noble gas stable isotope facility.
• New bio-imaging systems
• New light-emitting diode lighting for all our glasshouses
Of course, getting the best from high quality equipment relies on the technical expertise of the users. Our technical team provides a core resource of highly skilled experts who both run equipment and facilities and provide one-to-one training for our researchers and students.
Our partnership with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, which has laboratories based in the Environment Centre, gives us access to its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and to its national network of monitoring sites.
Off site facilities
The meteorology and field site centre at Hazelrigg, adjacent to the University’s main campus, is used for a variety of research projects. The River Eden Demonstration Test Catchment site in Cumbria provides a large-scale site to study the impacts of farming on water quality.
Internationally we have access to a wide range of world class facilities and research sites through our partnerships with institutions in some of the most important environments in the world. Our long running partnership with the Sabah Foundation in Malaysian Borneo gives us access to the world’s leading research station within equatorial rainforests. Our Brazilian research base carries out research into long term biodiversity in the Amazonian tropical forest. In China, our new International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (IRICE) provides visiting Lancaster researchers with access to extensive research facilities in this crucial arena for environmental research.