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ARPANSA hosts course in helping understand our oceans

12 June 2018

Starting on Monday 4 June and continuing this week, ARPANSA, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency, hosts a Regional Training Course on Radiochemical Analysis of Marine Environmental Samples.

The analysis of marine radionuclides help paint a picture of environmental changes in our oceans. Radionuclides in seawater and sediment move through the marine environment and are concentrated in both marine organisms and humans. For example, plutonium isotopes and americium-241 are used to trace ocean circulation and water mass mixing. Another radionuclide, lead-210 is extensively used as a tracer for sediment dating.

This course is another initiative where ARPANSA supports the furthering of capacities and capabilities within the Asia-Pacific, in the radiochemical and radioanalytical field.

Participants in the training course have come from all over the Asia-Pacific, including: Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia.

More specifically, the course gives participants:

  • theoretical presentations by local and international experts.
  • hands-on practical training in the laboratory working with sediment dating models.
  • instruction in the analysis, reporting and interpretation of data.
  • the opportunity to share their views, expertise and methodologies.
  • the opportunity to discuss the day-to-day laboratory work challenges with local and international experts.

For more information about our radioanalytical research and expertise, visit our Radioanalytical Service page.