Much of the earth and environmental science research at the CLS is focused on the interfacial molecular scale processes that govern nutrient cycling dynamics and that control contaminant fate and transport. An important process in the partitioning of trace elements from aqueous solutions onto mineral surfaces, natural organic matter or biological surfaces is sorption. Understanding the rate and extent of sorption reactions (adsorption, absorption, and/or precipitation) in natural systems is critical for predicting the movement of trace elements in the environment.
This area encompasses fields such as biogeochemistry, mineralogy, soil science, hydrogeology and natural resources as well as fields in atmospheric chemistry.
The geosciences include geology and mineralogy, including geochemistry, as well as the geology of the marine environmnet. The investigation of nutrients, plant-soil interactions and the environmental conditions that affect source water quality are important issues for Canadian communities.
Purchased access offers quick and accurate solutions to proprietary questions. CLS scientists develop an experimental plan based on the client’s needs, and conduct all data collection and analysis, resulting in a detailed report with key answers to critical questions.
Academic clients can submit proposals through a peer review process. Beam time is granted based on scientific merit, with the expectation that any results will be published. In special cases, rapid access is also available for instrument or beam time.