Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGISS)

Simard Hall, Room 042
Director,  Professor Michael C. Sawada


CryoLab for Arctic, Antarctic and Planetary Studies (CLAAPS)

Simard Hall, Room 0020
Director, Professor Denis Lacelle

Geographic Information Systems Laboratories-GIS

The Geography network labs in Simard are restricted to students enrolled in Departmental courses only, research labs are by key/cardkey access only. Login instructions are posted on the wall in each lab indicating how to automatically activate your account at the beginning of the semester. If there are any problems, contact the Network Manager in 038C.

All general access and teaching labs have the same software installed and internet access. Research labs (036, 042 and 004) have specialized software specific to their research needs.

Health and Environment Analysis Laboratory (HEAL)

Simard Hall, Room 036
Director, Professor Eric Crighton

Laboratory for Cryospheric Research (LCR)

Simard Hall, Room 043
Director, Professor Luke Copland


Laboratory for Climatology and Paleoclimatology (LPC)

Simard Hall, Room 004
Director, Konrad Gajewski


Laboratory for Environment, Society and Policy (LESP)

Simard Hall, Room 0021A
Director, Professor Jackie Dawson

Laboratory for Interactive Research on Environmental Change and Policy (LIRECP)

Simard Hall, Room 0021C
Director, Professor André Viau

Physical Geography Laboratory

The Physical Geography Lab supports all levels of teaching and research both on location and in the field. It includes two large classrooms and processing units with fume hoods and centrifuges. The microscopy section holds 12 compound microscopes and 12 dissecting microscopes for plant-component analyses. A modest herbarium and pollen slide collection are also available. Twelve stereomicroscopes with mirrors are used for air-photo analysis.

Major emphasis is on soil and sediment sampling and analyses, on hydrological and micro-meteorological monitoring and on paleo-environmental studies. The laboratory has gravity ovens for moisture-content items, a large muffle furnace for loss-on-ignition and carbonate analyses, a variety of settling tubes for texture analysis, and a large array of sieves for analyzing everything from cobbles to sand.

For field courses and exercises, the laboratory holds compasses, clinometers, hand-held GPSs, a theodolyte, pocket stereoscopes, specialized sediment samplers and tree corers. Field and laboratory assets also include multi-parameter measuring instruments. Data-loggers and sensors are used in micro-meteorology and hydrology laboratory exercises.

A full-time technician manages the day-to-day operation of the physical geography laboratory. This includes implementing health and safety practices through hands-on training; coordinating the distribution and storage of laboratory supplies, hazardous products, equipment and samples; helping professors design laboratory and field exercises; and acting as a resource-person for purchasing scientific equipment and applying standard methods.


Office of Risk Management, Environment Health and Safety 

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