Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 11:22:30

I spent a day this week at the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility receiving some training in the use of a GER1500 that is being used to study loess profiles. The facility is extremely well run with the training not only being thorough but also very practical indeed. They have a good pool of equipment (GER, ASD etc) that can be used in a variety of environments (e.g. marine) with a rolling programme of upgrades. They are also very active in both the development of field spec techniques as well as their application and are in regular contact with the manufacturers. As with any NERC equipment (e.g ARSF), an application form should be completed with deadlines of 1 June and 1 November. This should provide a supporting science statement and detail of the methodology. Its not onerous, but clearly the FSF has to be sure it is funding appropriate projects.

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