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Signal Hill Environmental Chemistry Lab

Housed in the Department of Geosciences, this state-of-the art facility is funded with an endowment from Signal Hill Petroleum.  It currently has an inner clean room with 3 laminar flow-hoods, a Dionex ICS-5000 Ion Chromatograph, a Perkin-Elmer LS 45 Fluorescence spectrometer, and a Cary 50 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer.


Los Angeles Basin Subsurface Data Center

The Center is a repository of subsurface data and logs for over 14,000 well in southern California as well as offshore seismic data.  

Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environment, and Society (IIRMES).

The Department of Geological Sciences is a founding member of IIRMES, which is a joint research facility operated by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts. IIRMES is a CSUPERB CORE Facility with extensive analytical equipment including a Perkin Elmer 6100 ICP-MS, GCB Optimas ICP-MS with laser ablation system, FEI Quanta 200 ESEM, and Agilent 5975 GC/MS.  For a complete list of instrumentation and contacts, click on the link.

Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)

SCMI a consortium of several California State University Campuses, University of Southern California, and Occidental College.  It provides access to three ocean-going research vessels, support staff, and dockside facilities.

Instrumentation and Equipment

Field Equipment

  • Trimble R8 Differential GPS system
  • Trimble GEOXH
  • Leitz total station laser surveying system
  • AGI Supersting R8 Electrical Resistivity Imager
  • LaCoste-Romberg high-precision gravimeter
  • land-based seismic reflection/refraction system with weight-drop energy source and 24-channel land seismic data acquisition system
  • marine multi-channel seismic reflection system that includes a digital 24-channel hydrophone streamer and uniboom and sparker energy sources
  • Konica Minolta  CM-2600d Handheld spectrophotometer
  • Livingstone piston coring system with 35 m of drive rod
  • PYLONEX HTH Gravity Corer
  • YSI MDS water quality meter w/650 Sonde and 200 foot cable
  • water sampling equipment including a Kemmerer trace element sampler
  • inflatable raft system
  • three 8-passenger 4WD field vehicles
  • bladder pump for sampling deep well water
  • Grundfos Redi-flow2 pumps for low rate pumping and sampling in wells
  • Two Oryx Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing systems..


Analytical Equipment

  • Delta-XP Gas source mass spectrometer coupled with
    • Gasbench II auto sampler
    • TC/EA autosampler
    • New Wave MIR-10 CO2 laser coupled to a fluorination line
    • CosTech CHN elemental analyzer
  • ‪iXRF Systems  "Iridium Ultra" combined X-ray fluorescence and electron-beam energy dispersive spectroscopy system, mounted on the FEI Quanta 200 environmental scanning electron microscope
  • Saturn DigiSizer™ particle size analyzer with autosampler
  • UIC® Carbon/Sulfur Coulometer
  • Dionex ICS-5000 ion chromatograph equipped with dual AS-DV autosamplers for simultaneous cation and anion measurements
  • Perkin Elmer LS 45 Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Varian Cary® UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • Bruker Optik Alpha-P FT-IR spectrometer
  • PIMA portable infrared spectrometer
  • Rigaku Miniflex x-ray diffractometer with X’Pert Highscore plus peak identification software
  • petrographic thin section-making equipment and microdrill system
  • fluid inclusion heating/freezing stage
  • ModulyoD® freeze-drier


Computational Equipment/Software

  • Linux workstations and SIOSEIS seismic data processing software
  • 24-station computer lab
  • digitizer tablet
  • 42" HP color inkjet plotter
  • 3-D subsurface visualization and mapping software for seismic and well logs (IHS Kingdom Suite; Schlumberger Petrel)
  • GIS software (MapInfo and ArcGIS)
  • Analytical software (Matlab, Origin 8.0)
  • Kingdom Suite geophysical processing software
  • Groundwater Vistas Numerical Modeling software.