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Laboratories & Facilities

Explore our labs and facilities on the Keele Campus. These spaces are available to all students, professors, researchers and community members.

Three computer labs are available exclusively for the use of the EUC community. File Access Service (FAS) is required.

EUC students, staff and faculty, and non-EUC students enrolled in EUC courses are given access. Labs are primarily used for teaching and are only available for drop-in use during non-teaching periods. At all times, priority is for students working on course-related projects.

NOTE: EUC computer labs will not be available during holidays and University closures (see Important dates).

Visit EUC Technology Services for detailed schedules and available software.

Computer Lab Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Summer hours may vary).

This facility provides access to machines used in high end computing applications such as remote sensing, GIS and analytical modeling for York Geography faculty, and graduate students. The laboratory houses 14 workstations with access to a wide array of advanced analytical software. Also available are a colour plotter, colour and black and white laser printers, and a digital scanner. Geomatics or GISPC server accounts are required in order to access the workstations in this facility.

Located on the York University Keele Campus in the Computer Science Building 0018

Environmental sensors are available to measure boundary layer and subsurface flow of energy, water and the radiative transfer of energy at the earth’s surface.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building S405.

Professor T. Dreszner's research lab.

Located on the York University Keele Campus in Ross Building S407B.

This laboratory is used to demonstrate field and laboratory principles.

Located on the York University Keele Campus in the Ross Building N120.

This space is utilized by Geography faculty and graduate students to fulfill basic computing requirements. Access to computer workstations running Windows and Microsoft XP, as well as a digital scanner, is provided. Users must have a YorkArts server account managed by the Academic Technology Support Group in order to use the machines in this facility.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building N409.

This workspace is available for all graduate students and faculty involved in field work and can be used for construction and organization of field equipment. The lab provides ready access to Curtis Lecture Hall elevators and the Scott Library loading docks.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 003.

The fluvial geomorphology lab (or Flume Laboratory) is centred around an 8 metre long, open-channel, tilting hydraulic flume, used to model water movement through a range of channel types. Water depth, channel slope, and water velocity can all be manipulated accurately to establish precise flow characteristics for study.

The flume laboratory includes an Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter on a sled that can be used for accurate water velocity measurement in all three (x,y,z) directions at any point along the channel’s length, width, or depth. The flume can be used to visualize and study fluid dynamics with and without sediments present in the channel.

A range of sediments from fine sand to cobble are available to model bedforms and sediment transport in the laboratory.  The fluvial geomorphology lab is also used for undergraduate teaching, as a critical component of GEOG4600 Rivers: Environment and Process experiential education laboratories, and for demonstration in GEOG2600 Geomorphology I.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Central Square 001.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building S407B.

This space houses members and guests of Prof. Remmel’s research group and provides computing capacity for remote sensing, GIS, spatial analysis, and related geomatics areas. An extensive collection of field equipment is accessible from here, primarily for forestry and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote sensing. Ample bench and work areas allow for varied aspects of field preparation, testing, and experimentation. Additionally, the facility provides space for research talks, meetings, and project planning.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Ross Building North 301.

Two growth chambers are available for specified temperature and light regime experiments.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 004.

The micro-climatological and hydrological laboratories are equipped for in-lab experiments, instrument calibration and the construction of field apparatus. Hydrological equipment includes soil pressure plates, potentiometric water level recorders, infiltrometer rings, current meters, snow samplers, ice augers and dataloggers.

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Curtis Lecture Hall 203A.

The Water Quality and Environmental Change Laboratory integrates ecological, biogeochemical, and paleoenvironmental approaches to study a wide range of pervasive stressors on lakes, wetlands, and streams. Research facilities are located in Lumbers 105 and Farquharson 047, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Korosi and Professor Lewis Molot.

Lab facilities contain a full range of field and lab equipment for the biological and chemical analysis of water and sediment samples. This includes atomic absorption spectrophotometers, a Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer, a Shimadzu Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, an Elementar UNICUBE  Micro Combustion Elemental Analyzer, and advanced light microscopy.

Current projects are investigating long-term lake ecosystem change in thawing permafrost landscapes, mining impacts on Arctic and subarctic lakes, and understanding the drivers of algal blooms in Ontario lakes.

The facilities in Lumbers 105 are also used to provide hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate students in our physical geography and environmental science programs, under the full-time supervision of senior technician Jackson Langat. 

Located on the York University Keele Campus, Lumbers Building 105

Room Bookings

Most of the classrooms and all computer labs in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change are equipped with presentation technology. York University Information Technology Classroom Operations provides the equipment and support for these classrooms.

What You Need to Know

  • Any classroom with a built-in PC requires a Passport York account to log in.
  • Instructions for using equipment are listed in all rooms.
  • Personal laptops can be connected through VGA or HDMI (cable is provided).
  • User must bring their own adapter if their laptop does not have a VGA or HMDI connection.
  • Additional equipment and training sessions are available upon request.


Please visit EUC Enhanced Technology Spaces to get more information about each room status, available equipment, calendar and the detailed instruction to book the room.

For all other external requests

Please visit the Registrar’s website on Central Room Allocations & Ad Hoc Booking procedures