Skip navigation

Geography Palaeo and Environmental Research Laboratory

Facilities are used to carry out research around the globe ranging from the tropics to the polar regions allowing us to investigate both modern and ancient environments. Using a wide range of analytical equipment we focus on advancing our understanding of past and present climates and environments, as well as geochemical processes in water, soil and air. Users have access to an isotope-ratio mass spectrometer, inductively-coupled mass spectrometer, and C/N analyser interfaced with a range of peripherals which allow measurement of elements and stable isotopes in a wide range of media. There are dedicated spaces for chemical extraction microfossils such as pollen and diatoms, and equipment for processing various types of samples, from speleothems to sediments to ambient air.



  • Delta V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer

  • Flash 2000 Elemental Analyser

  • Perkin Elemer Optima 8000 Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Mass Spectrometer

  • Los Gatos Ultraportable Grennhouse Gas Analyser

  • High Precision Micromill

  • Centrifuges

  • Refrigeration and Fume Hoods


Viewing our Facilities and Equipment:

Come and see the Geography Palaeo and Environmental Research Laboratory for yourself at one of our Open Days.


Geography Research:

The Department hosts state-of-the-art equipment used for a wide range of geochemical and environmental applications. New investment in facilities enable staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students to investigate exiting new areas of research in collaboration with many international and UK institutions. Examples of research includes pollen and diatom analysis, carbon sequestration in lakes, methane and carbon dioxide emissions from permafrost, pollution and links with environmental health, and cave stalagmites as palaeoclimate indicators. 


Studying Geography at Northumbria:

Studying for a Geography related undergraduate or postgraduate degree with Northumbria University will give you the opportunity to investigate the wide range of economic, environmental, social, political and cultural processes impacting upon today's world and help develop solutions to these problems.

Undergraduate Study

We offer a wide range of undergraduate programmes from Environmental Management to Physical Geography, designed to give you an edge in your future career. Our programmes are professionally focused and offer an optional placement year and field trips. With extensive professional accreditation across all of our courses, our undergraduate programmes will provide the ideal foundation for work or further study.

Discovermore _button

Postgraduate Study

Our postgraduate programmes from Disaster Management and Sustainable Development to Environmental Health have been specially tailored for the next stage for your academic career to either deepen your knowledge of your chosen field, changing career direction or taking a step towards professional status.

Discovermore _button

Distance Learning

Distance Learning offers the opportunity to study wherever you are based in the world without having to be step foot on campus. Northumbria’s online environment is highlight supportive with continuous interaction with tutors and other students through virtual seminars and the latest online discussion groups.

Discovermore _button

Postgraduate Research

If you're interested in joining one of our Doctoral research degree programmes, please find more information about all our opportunities at the Graduate School.

Explore Campus Facilities

Get an insight into life at Northumbria with videos and 360 panoramas of the Department of Geography


Geography and Environmental Sciences Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning Geography and Environmental Sciences courses, whatever you want to get out of university, let us show you why you want Northumbria University, Newcastle!


Geography and Environmental Sciences Staff

Our Geography and Environmental Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Openday _long

Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in 2022? Our Undergraduate Open Day on the 29 September is the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our courses and facilities.

Latest News and Features

More events

Upcoming events

Back to top