ITC's GeoScience Laboratory

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Remote Chemistry Analysis

The GeoScience Laboratory (GSL) at ITC is a unique research facility: it houses a combination of spectroscopy, geophysics and chemistry equipment to support in-depth research of spatial sciences.

GSL has the facilities to carry out spectroscopic and/or analytical measurements on sample material (soil, water, minerals, etc). These measurements can vary from IR-spectral measurements on organic (vegetation) or inorganic (soils, minerals) samples, chemical analysis of water and solid samples to determine element concentrations. Ample 

The GeoScience lab provides training for correct sampling and analytical measurements, usage of equipment with a strong emphasis on the quality control aspects. This can take place before or after a data collection phase of a research project.

Our laboratories 

ITC's GeoScience Laboratories
Chemistry Laboratory

The chemistry laboratory has a full range of analytical equipment for both liquid and solid samples. Both biomass and minerals can be analysed in terms of elemental compositions or compounds. 

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Spectroscopy Laboratory

The spectroscopy laboratory has several spectrometers that can cover different parts of the electro-magnetic spectrum, measure single points or image a larger area, and can be deployed indoors or outdoors. Spectral measurements allow to do rapid chemical analysis and are used to ground truth remote sensing observations.

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Field Laboratory

Going to the field? Need sample rings, sample bags, tools to dig... Further, we have analytical and spectroscopy techniques ready to take to the field.

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Geophysical Laboratory

The ITC laboratory has a range of geophysical field equipment for shallow sub-surface investigations as well as portable handheld instruments to measure rock and soil properties. These offer research opportunities to interpret the physical properties related to the nature of the sub-surface geology, regolith and soil.

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Soil Science Laboratory

In the soil science lab you find the SOPs to determine textures and hydraulic conductivities of soils. All SOPs and equipment are ready to use.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

ITC's GeoScience Lab has multiple drones (fixed wing, multi-copters). Togheter with different detectors we are improving the way drones navigate, communicate, and analyze their environment.

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Sample Preparations

The sample preparation lab has all the equipment to fragment your samples in smaller pieces: stone cutters, grinders, saws, polishing equipment. Samples can be dried and sieved. 

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Enviromental sensors laboratory

The enviromental lab has sensors to analyze water samples and hyperspectral radiometer to measure radiance and irrandiance in the range of UV-VIS. 

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UTwente and ITC student/staff are always welcome to contact us with questions regarding field sampling, sample preparation, analysis and (field) equipment.

To use a machine/apparatus please first contact the person responsible. Standard operating procedures (SOP) are given upon request.

Booking System 

Link to the Booking System