BOSCORF is responsible for long-term storage and curation of sediment cores collected through UKRI-NERC research programmes. We promote secondary usage of sediment core samples and analytical data relating to the sample collection.
BOSCORF specialises in acquiring physical and chemical data from geological core samples. We operate a suite of non-destructive analysis and imaging systems; our analytical and imaging services can be used by the scientific community and commercial clients.
BOSCORF is the UK’s largest deep-sea sediment repository and state-of-the-art research facility
BOSCORF is part of the National Oceanography Centre. Our core collection holds unique geological samples used by scientists worldwide to investigate topics such as geo-hazards, climate change and marine ecosystems.Learn more about our research facility
Locate sediment cores using the interactive map. Contact us for information on our sample holdings.
Request data, instrument time, samples, or expert advice
BOSCORF can help you obtain samples, data, instrument time, or provide the expert advice you may need for your research. We have an extensive database of marine sediment core-derived data and metadata. You can request instrument time or samples if existing datasets don’t answer your research questions. We can also assist with analysing sediment cores that aren’t part of the BOSCORF collection. For non-academic clients, we provide a consultancy service.Find out about our services
NewsSee all News
16 Jun 2022PhD candidate Hannah Muir is visiting BOSCORF this year on several occasions to split sediment cores taken from coastal and marine habitats around...
23 Mar 2022Daniel James, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, visited BOSCORF this week with a collection of speleothem samples. Together with Rebecca...
23 Feb 2022This week the filming was on location for a new series of online courses provided collaboratively by BOSCORF and National Environmental Isotope...
15 Jun 2021This week our new Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was installed. This machine replaces an older model that had limited capabilities. Our new...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Reconstructing Antarctic winter sea-ice extent during Marine Isotope Stage 5e
Contrasting Common Era climate and hydrology sensitivities from paired lake sediment dinosterol hydrogen isotope records in...
Quality not quantity: prioritizing the management of sedimentary organic matter across continental shelf seas.
Permeability heterogeneity of sandstone intrusion fluid-escape systems, Panoche Hills, California: Implications for...