British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility commissioning - Community consultation

The British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF) is being commissioned as part of the national capability large-scale research infrastructure (NC-LRI) portfolio. As part of the commissioning process, NERC offered BOSCORF users and the wider community the opportunity to input into the specific requirements required from this infrastructure. Specifically the consultation enabled responders to comment on the existing identified requirements, to identify potential gaps and provide any other general comments.

Identified requirements

The requirements that NERC had identified that responders were able to comment on were as follows:

  • community access to a suite of state-of-the-art non-destructive core logging instruments and expertise that is unique in the UK
  • specialised long-term core storage facilities that allow optimum core preservation for analysis and future investigations
  • specialist training in core analysis, core logging technology and core data visualisation
  • technological development of new research tools
  • long-term curation of core-based data relating to its holdings and from core-based national marine programmes in accordance with NERC data management policy
  • opportunities for enhanced research outputs by organising scientific meetings and workshops, and promoting use of advanced logging tools
  • integration of information on the UK sediment core archive into global data networks, promoting accessibility and collaboration within the global scientific community.

Consultation outcomes

The consultation was launched on 28 March 2018 and was open for three weeks. A total of three responses were received. Two of the responders were frequent BOSCORF users and the third had limited previous experience of using the facility.

All three of the responders agreed that the requirements that had been identified by NERC for BOSCORF were appropriate and highly relevant.

Additional feedback received included highlighting the importance of having sufficient storage capability for cores and a request to ensure that a scanning X-ray fluorescence system is included within the portfolio of non-destructive core logging instruments.


Amy Vitale