UCL Environmental Radiometric Facility
The UCL Environmental Radiometric Facility is located within the Department of Geography, University College London and uses low-background hyper-pure germanium gamma spectrometers capable of measuring low-level environmental radioactivity.
The facility currently employs two ORTEC® HPGe GWL series coaxial well-type gamma detectors and one HPGe LOAX planar coaxial detector, each housed in a 100mm thick lead shield. Resulting spectra may be analysed for different environmental radioisotopes including 210Pb, 226Ra, 137Cs, 134Cs, 241Am, 7Be and 40K.
Since 2005, when the facility was first set up, the main application has been for the radiometric dating of lake sediments and peats via the measurement of 210Pb, 137Cs and 241Am. This enables chronologies of 100 - 150 years to be accurately determined. The facility has undertaken these analyses for research projects based in many areas of the world.
This approach can also be used in a number of other ways to investigate the distribution of radioisotopes in the environment through measurements of a wide range of environmental and ecological samples.
Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London (
Environmental Radioactivity Research Centre, University of Liverpool ()
School of Geography, University of Nottingham ()
School of Environment & Life Science, University of Salford ()
Rest of World
Department of Geography, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (http://www.mic.ul.ie/academicdepts/geography/)
IASMA Research and Innovation Centre, Italy ()
Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck ()
Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki ()
Institute of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences ()
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences ()
Department of Biology, University of Bergen ()
Recent Research Projects
List of Research Projects
- Lake sediment evidence for long-range air pollution on the Tibetan Plateau
- European lakes under environmental stressors (EULakes)
- Palaeolimnology of lakes in the Wood Buffalo Region, Canada
- Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)
- Palaeoclimatology studies in Russia
For enquiries and further information, please contact:
Facility manager: Dr Handong Yang
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0544
Coordinator: Prof. Neil Rose
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0543
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK.
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0565