Geochemistry – Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research

Client: Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Writer: Diane Hanano
Producer, Director and Editor: Domenico Cutrupi
Voice Over: Linnea Sage

Welcome to the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research at UBC. This facility is devoted to research and training in geochemistry.

Geochemistry is the study of the chemical composition of Earth and other planets. Scientists study the processes and reactions that govern, modify and transport Earth’s chemical components in time and space. In addition to the solid Earth, geochemistry encompasses research of the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and solar system.

Geochemical studies better our understanding of Earth’s interior, natural resources, climate change, human impacts on the environment, and hazards like earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes.

Geochemistry is the science that uses the tools and principles of chemistry to explain the mechanisms behind major geological systems such as the Earth’s crust and its oceans. The realm of geochemistry extends beyond the Earth, encompassing the entire Solar System and has made important contributions to the understanding of a number of processes including mantle convection, the formation of planets and the origins of granite and basalt. [Wikipedia]

The Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) is a research group-based major geochemical analytical facility housed in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia.
The primary goals of the PCIGR are to foster innovative research and training in the earth, environmental, oceanographic, atmospheric and biological sciences by providing an integrated analytical facility unique in Canada.

The PCIGR officially opened on Dec. 12, 2002 and finally settled in the EOS Main building in January 2005, in new clean rooms and HEPA-filtered laboratories. Further expansion took place in 2011-2012 with the construction of a new 2200 sq.ft. laboratory and acquisition of 6 state-of-the-art instruments.

The PCIGR comprises an integrated analytical research centre, equipped with up-to-date analytical instrumentation (eleven mass spectrometers) and laboratories available for isotopic and geochemical research.

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