The Environmental Sciences Initiative manages several advanced research labs within the ASRC that house state of the art equipment. In addition, we also have access to a number of ASRC core facility suites that contain high specification instrumentation. All of these facilities are accessible by CUNY faculty, research staff, students and collaborators.
The Advanced Laboratory for Chemical and Isotopic Signatures (ALCIS) hosts cutting-edge instrumentation in support of researchers at the forefront of developing new analytical isotopic techniques.
The facility currently has the ability to analyze isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur in almost any compound in a variety of environmental and biological samples including solids, liquids, pure and mixed gases including atmospheric samples.
In addition to on-site testing, researchers can submit samples for routine isotopic analyses.
The Next GENeration Environmental Sensors facility (NGENS) develops a broad array of cutting-edge environmental sensors and sensor deployment systems, including in situ and remote sensing.
The ASRC Rooftop Observatory capitalizes on the unique location and vantage point of the ASRC to create a facility for monitoring the NYC urban environment. An ensemble of ASRC-based equipment will complement the existing urban observatory that CUNY has already instituted in the NYC metro area by building on the decades of experience of CUNY faculty and researchers who have been pioneers in the research and development of advanced instrumentation and field measurement networks.
The Coastal & Ocean Science Synthesis Facility is dedicated to the study of environmental change in human-dominated coastal zones, including changes to coastal flood risk resulting from climate change and other anthropogenic activities in urban settings and areas with high concentrations of people.