Chemical Analytical Laboratory

Front of the Chemical Analytical Laboratory Building

Overview
The Coweeta Chemical Analytical Laboratory (CAL) was founded to support studies of watershed-scale ecosystem responses to natural and human disturbances of southeastern forests at the USFS Southern Research Station's Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. CAL is a first class analytical facility that processes a wide variety of water, soil and plant tissues from the 5,400 acre experimental forest and elsewhere based on prior agreement. This includes samples directly related to the actively funded Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

Analyses and Instrumentation
The available analyses and Method Detection Limits (MDL) by sample types can be found in Appendix E- of the Coweeta Quality Assurance Protocol Manual.  Current and past analytical methods and instrumentation can be found in the Procedures for Chemical Analysis Manual.

Submitting Samples
Coweeta LTER researchers who wish to collect and submit samples to the CAL for analysis should first read the  Coweeta Quality Assurance Protocol Manual.  Researchers can then request sample processing by downloading the request for analytical services form and submitting it to the CAL Lab Manager, Cindi Brown, as an email attachment.

Laboratory Safety
The Chemical Analytical Laboratory uses a Lab Safety Manual (LSM) to ensure the safety of all persons working in or visiting the analytical lab. The LSM is a written program that specifies procedures, laboratory equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices that are capable of protecting individuals from the health hazards associated with the use of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.