Radiocarbon in the Earth System, Sep 24-29 2017, Jena

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Course goals

This course will expose participants to the uses of radiocarbon in ecology and earth system science. Classroom activities provide an overview of radiocarbon in the current and past global carbon cycle as well as in the atmosphere, oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. Hands-on activities focus on creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding contamination in the field and lab, collecting samples in the field, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing and interpreting radiocarbon data.


Who should apply?

We seek participants with broad interests in ecology and earth system science who are planning on, or are currently, using radiocarbon techniques as part of their research, and wish to expand their understanding of this important and useful tool. This course is suitable for graduate students, postdocs and researchers, and welcomes others with a strong interest.


Logistics and costs

The course will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, located in the city of Jena in Germany. The course starts on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 5pm and ends Friday, September 29, 2017 in the afternoon.

There is no participation fee; however, participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.


Who are the instructors?

This class is the result of a collaborative effort between the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facility at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena, Germany.

Confirmed instructors include:



The deadline for applications has passed.


Course material

This course is based on the textbook: Radiocarbon and Climate Change: Mechanisms, Applications, and Laboratory Techniques, edited by E. Schuur, E. Druffel, and S. Trumbore.



Carlos A. Sierra, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Susan E. Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry



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This course is funded by the European Research Council within the framework of the 14Constraint project.

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