Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey

Abstract

The NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) in East Kilbride was established in 2004 to provide cosmogenic radionuclide analytical facilities to the United Kingdom scientific community. Analysis of the long-lived cosmogenic radionuclides 10Be, 26Al and 36Cl provided by the CIAF can be used to determine surface exposure ages and denudation rates on timescales of 103 - 106 years, which yield fundamental information about rates of landscape evolution. Cosmogenic nuclide inventories also contribute fundamental information towards understanding paleoclimates and climate system studies, tracing oceanic circulation, and assessing natural hazards, which tie into the sustainability of local, regional, and global economies. These areas are central to the Strategic Science Themes (Climate System, Natural Hazards, and Earth System Science) and Research Areas (Earth Science, Marine Science, and Polar Science) underpinning current and future NERC strategy. Located on the same site as the NERC Recognised Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Facility at SUERC , the CIAF’s purpose is to produce chemically separated samples for measurement by AMS and to provide final results from AMS analysis. The establishment of this facility recognises the rapidly growing demand for cosmogenic isotope data from researchers in geomorphology, Quaternary science, and allied areas of the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Publications

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Description Geodiversity
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/safeguarding-geodiversity/protecting/cosmogenic-da...
 
Description 4th Nordic Workshop on Cosmogenic Nuclides 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bi-annual conference. Presentation led to new application for funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AMS14, Ottawa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ams.uottawa.ca/AMS14/
 
Description Bezerra, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Carracedo CRPG 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Carracedo, A., Rodés, Á., Stuart, F. and Smellie, J. (2016) Understanding complex exposure history of Mount Hampton, West Antarctica using cosmogenic 3He, 21Ne and 10Be in olivine. Developments In Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise (DINGUE-4). 13th to 15th April 2016, Le Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG), Nancy, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Carracedo EGU2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Carracedo, A., Rodés, Á., Stuart, F. and Smellie, J. (2016) Understanding complex exposure history of Mount Hampton, West Antarctica using cosmogenic 3He, 21Ne and 10Be in olivine. EGU Abstract 17178. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU General Assembly 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Davies - European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dyke EGU2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dyke, L. M., Hughes, A. L. C., Andresen, C. S., Murray, T., Hiemstra, J. F., and Rodés, Á. (2016) Investigating the dynamics of deglaciation in coastal areas of southeast Greenland. EGU Abstract 16874. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU General Assembly 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Geological Society of Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation titled: Extremely rare isotope metrology at SUERC

The talk aimed at explaining how isotopic ratios that are fundamental to many earth science applications are made using accelerator mass spectrometry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description McHenry CANQUA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact McHenry, M., Dunlop, P., Batterson, M., Bell, T., Catto, N., Gheorghiu, D.M., Wilson, P. (2015) Palaeo-ice sheet reconstruction of the former Newfoundland Ice Sheet, using the glacial landform record and cosmogenic exposure dating. A-1043. CANQUA 2015 Biennial Conference, August 16-19, St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description McHenry CANQUA 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact McHenry, M., Dunlop, P., Batterson, M., Bell, T., Catto, N., Gheorghiu, D.M., Wilson, P. (2015) Palaeo-ice sheet reconstruction of the last Newfoundland Ice Sheet, using a glacial geological inversion approach and cosmogenic exposure dating. IIC-2001. CANQUA 2015 Biennial Conference, August 16-19, St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description McHenry INQUA 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact McHenry, M., Dunlop, P., Batterson, M., Bell, T., Catto, N., Gheorghiu, D.M., Wilson, P. (2015) The Newfoundland Ice Sheet, Canada, reconstructed using a glacial geological inversion approach and cosmogenic exposure dating. T12-P19. XIX INQUA Congress. 26 July - 2 August, 2015, Nagoya, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description McHenry INQUA 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • McHenry, M., Dunlop, P., Batterson, M., Bell, T., Catto, N., Gheorghiu, D.M., Wilson, P. (2015) Palaeoglaciology of the Newfoundland Ice Complex, Canada, reconstructed using the glacial geomorphological record and cosmogenic isotope surface exposure dating. P17-P01. XIX INQUA Congress. 26 July - 2 August, 2015, Nagoya, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Mendelova, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Modestou - Goldschmidt 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Modestou EGU2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sevasti Modestou, Marcus Gutjahr, Jan Fietzke, Ángel Rodés, Martin Frank, Susana Bolhão Muiños, Rob Ellam, and Rachel Flecker (2014) Evidence of a connection between the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the Messinian Salinity Crisis from Pb and Nd isotopes. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 16, EGU2014-15527, 2014. EGU General Assembly 2014 (CIAF/9043/1007)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Modestou Goldschmidt 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact S. Modestou, M. Gutjahr, J. Fietzke, A. Rodés, M. van der Schee, M. Frank, S. Bolhão Muiños, R. Ellam, R. Flecker (2015) Precessional variation in seawater-derived Late Miocene Pb isotopes. 2015 Goldschmidt Conference. 16 - 21 August 2015. Prague, Czech Republic (CIAF/9043/1007)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Roberts EGU2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact David Roberts, Tim Lane, Brice Rea, Colm O Cofaigh, Stewart Jamieson, Andreas Vieli and Angel Rodes (2015) New insights into West Greenland ice sheet/stream dynamics during the last glacial cycle. Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol. 17, EGU2015-3528, 2015. EGU General Assembly 2015 (CIAF/9106/0411)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Roda-Boluda EGU2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Roda-Boluda, D., D'Arcy, M. , Whittaker, A., Allen, P., Gheorghiu, D. and Rodés, Á. (2016) Erosional flux from tectonically active landscapes: Case studies from Southern Italy. EGU Abstract 557. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU General Assembly 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Rodés Nordic Workshop 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ángel Rodés, Theodoros Karampaglidis, Alfonso Benito-Calvo and Finlay M Stuart (2014) Re-exhumed sediment dating using cosmogenic 10Be, 26Al and 21Ne. Nordic workshop on Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating. Aarhus (Denmark), 11-13 June, 2014 (CIAF/In-house)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014