About the NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility

The GEF forms part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Services and Facilities portfolio. We support high-quality, peer reviewed projects across a broad spectrum of earth and environmental sciences by provision of internationally-recognised, state-of-the-art geophysical instrumentation for marine and land-based field experiments.

The GEF consists of three nodes:-

and is guided by the NERC Geophysics and Geodesy Facilities Steering Committee (NGGFSC).

History of the Steering Committee


The Geomagnetic Equipment Pool and the Seismic Equipment Pool combine to form the Geophysical Equipment Pool Management Committee (GEPMC).


Seis-UK is added as a node to the Geophysical Equipment Pool and the committee is renamed to the Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee (GEFSC).


The Ocean Bottom Instrument Facility (OBIF) is added as a third node.


The management of the GEF is transferred, along with other facilities, from the NERC Swindon Office to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The committee combines with the BIGF and SGF to become the NERC Geophysics and Geodesy Facilities Steering Committee (NGGFSC).

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