Berkeley Lab
Bringing Science Solutions to the World

For over 45 years, the Geosciences Measurement Facility at Berkeley Lab has partnered with the scientific community to deliver custom instrumentation to advance frontier energy and environmental research in laboratory and field sites across the world.


The first instrument to support Berkeley Lab’s exploration of Earth’s subsurface was developed in Building 1 in 1973. The one-of-a-kind instrumentation enabling electrical and seismic imaging was deployed at the Nevada field site of a large geothermal research project that summer.


GMF became a critical asset for subsurface investigations, playing a part in projects based nearby such as the Hanford site in Washington, and afar, such as Stripa in Sweden.


GMF contributed to a number of cutting-edge research projects in places in the U.S. and across the world throughout the 1990s. Among them was the project that explored Yucca Mountain, west of Las Vegas, as a potential radioactive waste repository.


The team expanded its repertoire beyond geothermal and nuclear to support research into climate science, carbon sequestration, deep subsurface exploration, and other areas.


Today, GMF continues the 45-year legacy of providing customized instrumentation support for Earth exploration and scientific investigations in subsurface, terrestrial, ocean and atmospheric environments.