Radioecologists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology provide an independent laboratory service to a range of customers, from government agencies to the private sector.

Our laboratory has six hyper-pure germanium detectors used for determining gamma emitting nuclides such as 137Cs, 134Cs, 131I and 40K in a variety of environmental sample geometries and matrices. The detectors are calibrated for efficiency using a mixed radionuclide standard which covers an energy range of approximately 59-1850 keV. Spectra are analysed using Canberra Genie software. The laboratory participates in proficiency testing schemes organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UK National Physics Laboratory. 

We have considerable experience in analysing a range of sample types including:

  • soils and sediments
  • water
  • vegetation
  • foodstuffs
  • wildlife

The site has designated laboratories for the preparations of all these sample types.

Facility type

Research facility