We are located on the upper floor of the Wallace Building at the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus. We are home to numerous offices, as well as labs and equipment for analysis of field samples.
The dry lab is mainly used for gas analysis and carbon dioxide exchange studies. Scientists also build and assemble electrical circuits to be used in their projects.
In the wet lab, water samples are processed and tested. Measurements include nutrient levels, turbidity, dissolved organic matter, and pH.
The cold lab, at -26°C, allows scientists to work with snow and ice samples while retaining their natural properties. Ice cores are brought in from the field and their microstructure is analyzed in this lab.
In the calibration lab, scientists set up, test, and calibrate equipment such as scatterometers (which measure the amount of energy the Earth's surface reflects) and radiometers (which measure the power of infrared radiation). It is also the lab where technical troubleshooting of instrumentation takes place.
Our equipment includes:
The Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) is the first experimental sea-ice facility in Canada. Located on the campus of the University of Manitoba, the main feature of SERF is an outdoor seawater pool, equipped with a movable roof to control snow cover and ice growth, and various sensors and instruments to allow real-time monitoring.