Volcanoes are dynamic and complex. To capture that, we have been operating a diverse range of field and analytical equipment.

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Available Equipment

Pyroclastic flow eruption large‐scale experiment (PELE)

We use this facility to undertake large-scale analogue experiments of Pyroclastic Density Currents and other geophysical mass flows to unlock the underlying physics.

ASD FieldSpec 4 NG spectrometer

We use this equipment for mineral identification, vegetation and soil studies and ground truthing remote sensing data. It captures reflected light properties at 350-2500 nm.

Leica Nova MultiStation 50 and Leica RTK GPS rover and base station

We use the Terrestrial Laser Scanner and RTK GPS rovers to get ground control points for airborne datasets and for scanning topography down to mm-resolution.

Bruker S8 Tiger Series II, 1 kW WDS XRF system and a xrFuse 2

We use our XRF to analyse major and trace elements in Earth and Environmental Samples, including sample preparation facilities for glass bead and pressed powder pellet preparation.

Thermo Nicolet 6700 micro-FTIR

We use this equipment to analyse of H2O and CO2 in volcanic and melt inclusion glasses.

Horiba LA 950 V2 Laser Scattering Particle Size Distribution Analyzer

We use this machine to analyse grain size of fine to very fine ash.

Micrometrics GeoPyc 1360 Envelope Density Analyzer and Quantachrome Ultrapycnomter 100

We use our pycnometers to constrain enclosed and interconnected porosity of geological samples.

Nikon Eclipse Ci POL Petrographic microscopes

We use light microscopy for analysing thin sections, and it is an integrated part of our Earth Science undergraduate teaching programme.

Applied Spectra J200 Laser Ionization Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) system

We use this instrument to analyse and map trace element concentrations in volcanic rocks, providing insights into the geometry and dynamics of the magmatic plumbing system.

DJI Matrice 300 RTK with LiDAR, thermal and multispectral sensors

We use our drone fleet for topographic survey and to map thermal anomaly detection on volcanoes and geothermal fields.