ESD has several world-class instrumentation, analytical, and simulation resources that support and augment many research programs in the Division. Many of these resources are also available to collaborators, Berkeley scientists, and visiting researchers. A few of these resources are widely used to support cross-Division research.
The Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Program is uniquely located on the roof blocks of the Advanced Light Source linac and beamline test facility and has the capability to advance the imaging of living microbes with space available for the biological equipment necessary to grow and prepare living specimens immediately next to the Fourier transform infrared microscopes.
The Center for Computational Geoscience maintains a state-of-the-art computing environment in support of various seismological and geophysical research programs, in particular the development of new methods for imaging the subsurface and its processes, and methods for visualizing results.
The Center for Isotope Geochemistry (CIG) is a joint-institution research center, with labs both at LBNL and UC Berkeley. This state-of-the-art analytical facility was established in 1988 to measure the concentrations and isotopic compositions of elements in rocks, minerals, and fluids in the earth’s crust, atmosphere, and oceans. CIG has a community of roughly 25 people—scientists, research lab staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and administrative/computer support staff. It is directed by Donald J. DePaolo, (Associate Lab Director of Energy & Environmental Sciences) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Class of 1951 Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley.
The Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) has an extensive inventory of commercial and world-unique equipment, as well as a staff that can support a variety of laboratory and field Earth Sciences Division research. GMF engineerings and technicians develop novel instrumentation and field methods, carry out field experiments, and perform project management associated with subsurface, terrestrial, atmosphere, and ocean-based projects.
The Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab consists of facilities for preparing samples and conducting geomechanical, hydrological, and geophysical tests on geological materials under elevated temperature and pressure. It also includes and X-ray CT imaging facility with core-scale multiphysics experimental capability. Ultra-high resolution synchrotron computed tomographic imaging and nanometer-scale imaging capability using the focused-ion-beam milling/SEM imaging technique are linked to the Rock Dynamics and Imaging Lab through partnerships with the ALS and Materials Sciences Division, respectively.