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Just how radioactive are our oceans?

Monday, 06 January 2020


CMER researchers Professor Pere Masqué and Dr Viena Puigcorbe, along with invited experts Dr Ken Buesseler (Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute) and Prof Claudia Benitez-Nelson (University of South Carolina), shared their broad knowledge and experience on radioactivity in our oceans during a two week training program at ECU. The 2019 course titled ‘Marine Radioactivity Training Program: applying radioisotopes in the study of marine processes’ was the first edition providing participants with fundamental concepts in the use of radioisotopes as tracers in our oceans. People from a variety of backgrounds travelled to Perth from across the globe including Europe, Asia and America to attend, which enriched the learning experience for all.

Training incorporated lectures, field and laboratory components offering participants a tangible understanding in the application of radioisotope tracers used to study processes in the ocean such as sediment dating, groundwater discharge and Carbon cycling. The course was a huge success with plans for the second in the series in the pipeline.

For information on the Centre’s research in this field, visit Marine Radioactivity & Tracers.

Please contact Dr Viena Puigcorbe for information on future training programs.


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