Facilities

Our wide range of research interests demands an equally wide range of facilities and equipment. These enable integrated studies of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems, using chemical, biochemical, physical and biological analysis.

Research Glasshouse

LEC's research glasshouse

Our 15 purpose-build glasshouse modules provide flexible growth facilities dedicated to our wide range of plant science and ecological research.

Glasshouse

Hazelrigg Weather Station

Instruments at Hazelrigg Weather Station

Daily weather observations have been made at Lancaster University since 1966 providing a continuous, very high quality meteorological record.

Hazelrigg

Centre for Biophotonics

This is a cutting edge inter-disciplinary facility combining cell biology laboratories next to imaging technologies.

Centre for Biophotonics

Environmental chemistry laboratories

A chemistry lab at Lancaster Environment Centre

Our chemistry laboratories have amongst the best analytical facilities in the world for environmental organic chemistry research.

Chemistry Labs

Plant and soil ecology research laboratory

A researcher at work in a Lancaster Environment Centre lab

Our plant and soil ecology research laboratory has all the necessary equipment and machines for studying plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry.

Ecology Lab

Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Facility

LEC's stable isotope facility operates alongside the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. We share expertise and resources to deliver high quality isotopic data and pioneer novel techniques.

Stable Isotope Mass Spec

Controlled environment plant growth rooms

Inside the Lancaster Environment Centre

Our walk-in growth rooms and high-specification growth chambers provide a range of controlled environments.

Plant growth rooms

Ultraviolet radiation research facilities

Lettuces grown in the lab under differing UV conditions

Our world-class suite of facilities allow us to study responses to ultraviolet (UV) from the cellular scale through to whole crops.

UV radiation facilities

LI-COR Portable Photosynthesis System

Close-up of LEC's LI-COR LI-6400XT Portable Photosynthesis System

The LI-COR LI-6400XT Portable Photosynthesis System is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for measuring plant gas exchange (transpiration and photosynthesis).

LI-COR

Noble Gas Laboratory

A researcher in Lancaster Environment Centre's noble gas lab

LEC's noble gas laboratory is the only lab in the UK with magnetic sector instrumentation focused specifically on environmental applications of noble gases.

Noble Gas Lab

X-ray CT Scanner

Non-invasive X-ray CT (Computerised Tomography) techniques that originated in medicine are now used by LEC researchers for investigating and characterising materials.

X-ray CT Scanner

Numerical modelling

Numerical Modelling

We develop and run a variety of custom-built computer models to simulate environmental processes, predict the transformation and fate of pollutants, and explore the global climate system.

Numerical modelling

Amazon field sites

The Amazon rainforest.

Lancaster Environment Centre has access to a variety of field sites across the tropical forests of South America.

Amazon field sites

Borneo field sites

Borneo field sites

We have access to a number of field stations and experimental catchments in the tropical forests of Malaysian Borneo.

Borneo field sites

Catchment science sites

A view of the Eden Valley

We are involved in several important river catchment science sites across England and Wales studying: water quality and biology; pollution; the effect of land use on ecosystems and sustainable production; and the impact of mitigation measures.

Catchment science sites

GIS facilities and support

An image generated by LEC's GIS facilities

Our GIS facilities benefit from the support of a dedicated technician who offers 121 practical support to staff and students to enable them to get the most out of our resources.

GIS facilities