National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Government of India

Sediment Processing Facility

NCSCM maintains a fully equipped laboratory facility for storing, processing, and analysis of soil/sediment cores and hard shell coastal marine samples. The facility is dedicated to research pertaining to compositional properties of sediments which allows inferring their history, interpreting sedimentary archives and learning about the processes that have generated and transported the sediments. The lab is outfitted with all equipment to chemically and physically prepare sediments for the analysis. A closed balance room is also attached to the laboratory with several sophisticated and high precision weighing balances for measurements ranging from as low as a few micrograms to kilograms.

Analysis Type


  • Soil / Sediment processing facility (chemical digestion / decomposition) for further analyses like metals, nutrients, isotope studies.
  • Soil / sediment particle size distribution
  • Soil Moisture tension measurement
  • Soil / Sediment / Rock homogenization
  • Coral core processing
  • Facility for high temperature soil / sediment combustion

Type of Facility


Research Facility

Science Areas

  • Soil / Sediment Quality
  • Pollution & Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Contact Information



  • EM Sieve Shaker
    Make : Haver & Boecker
    Model : EML 200

    EM Sieve Shaker

    Analysis of particle size distribution of sands and sediments. Used for dry and wet sieving of bulk sample material (3kg).

  • Lyophilizer
    Make : Penguin


    Freeze dry laboratory equipment used for the removal of water/solvent from sample matrix using sublimation/desorption.

  • Magnetic Susceptibility Meter
    Make : Bartington
    Model : MS-3 MS2B

    Magnetic Susceptibility Meter

    Field and laboratory instrument for measuring magnetic properties of rocks and sediment. Used for geological and soil surveys, palaeomagnetics and sedimentology

  • Muffle Furnace
    Make : Nabertherm
    Model : LT5/12

    Muffle Furnace

    For high temperature combustion (ashing) of environmental samples like soils, sediments and biota for performing further analysis.

  • Mill - Sediment Grinder
    Make : IKA
    Model : M20 Universal Mill

    Mill - Sediment Grinder

    For homogenisation of soil and sediment samples collected from the environmental surveys.

  • Sediment corer
    Make : Eijkelkamp

    Sediment corer

    For collection of marine and coastal sediment cores for studying the past geochemical records.

  • Planetary Ball Mill
    Make : Fritsch
    Model : Pulverisette 5

    Planetary Ball Mill

    For homogenisation of rocks, soil and sediment samples collected from the environmental surveys.