HM Treasury and BEIS visit to NOC and BOSCORF

On Tuesday the 31st, BOSCORF hosted a tour of the facilities for the joint visit between the HM Treasury and BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). During the afternoon science session, 12 partipants accompanied by Professor Ed Hill, Executive Director of NOC, came to BOSCORF for an overview of our repository holdings, a guided tour of our instrumentation and for a showcase of three recent examples of work completed at BOSCORF.


The breadth of the core collection was illustrated in samples from the Melila Coral mounds (Lo Iacono et al, 2014), a cold-water carbonate complex, the turbidites of the Madeira Abyssal Plain (Hunt et al, 2013) and a core containing the distal deposit of the Storegga Landslide, a massive submarine slide that generated a tsunami that hit UK shores 8200 years ago. Each of these cores have been anlaysed using at least one of the analytical instruments in the core store, and the range of capability was demonstrated by Mike Edwards and Lewis Bailey.

The tour highlighted the multidisciplianry nature of the work that takes place at BOSCORF, and the range of institutions we have worked with over the last five years, and highlighted the need for additional storage space. BOSCORF currently holds 8.4 km of sediment core, we are in the process of scanning all archive cores with the MSCL-CIS and the MSCL-XYZ. This data will be available online, or can be requested by email for cores already scanned:


Claudio Lo Iacono, Eulàlia Gràcia, Cesar R. Ranero, Mikhail Emelianov, Veerle A.I. Huvenne, Rafael Bartolomé, Guillermo Booth-Rea, Javier Prades, Stefano Ambroso, Carlos Dominguez, Jordi Grinyó, Eduardo Rubio, Josep Torrent, The West Melilla cold water coral mounds, Eastern Alboran Sea: Morphological characterization and environmental context, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, Volume 99, January 2014, Pages 316-326, ISSN 0967-0645,



J. E. Hunt, R. B. Wynn, P. J. Talling, and D. G. Masson (2013), Turbidite record of frequency and source of large volume (>100 km3) Canary Island landslides in the last 1.5 Ma: Implications for landslide triggers and geohazards, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14, 2100–2123,