We offer access to a high-performance computer cluster and cutting-edge lab facilities, equipment, and collaboration spaces.
High-Performance Computing and Software
As a part of Boston University, the center has access to the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC). As of 2020, 240,000 CPU cores on a Linux cluster are available as shared or buy-in resources, with six petabytes of storage. And with two pairs of 10 Gigabit Ethernet network connections between the SCC and BU’s campuses, we have ample data transfer speed. Center researchers have access to a wide range of software and associated tools for visualization, analysis, and mapping of remote sensing data.
Laboratory and Field Equipment
CRS researchers have instrumentation to quantify constituents and parameters of atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic systems. See a list of instrumentation below:
- Pandora Spectrometers (retrieval of atmospheric trace gas total column density: O3, NO2, HCHO, SO2, H2O)
- CAPS monitors (surface concentrations of NO2)
Equipment for measuring vegetation reflectance, transmittance, leaf optical properties, incident radiation, LAI, and FAPAR is available.
- Solar Simulator with Controlled Irradiation Setup, Suntest XLS+
- UV-Visible spectrophotometer with integrating sphere, Perkin-Elmer Lambda-650
- TOC-V analyzer, Shimadzu (measures total organic carbon from aquatic or particulate samples)
- CHNSO Analyzer, Costech Elemental Combustion System 4010 (analysis of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen from particulate samples)
- Compact-Optical Profiling System (C-OPS), Biospherical (apparent optical properties in aquatic systems)
- UV-Visible spectroradiometer with 6″ and 2″ integrating spheres, Gooch & Housego OL 756