The NRCF has received notification of a successful Royal Society Grant collaborating with Sunitha Pangala (Open University): ’ The role of lateral and tree transport in methane cycling in pristine and disturbed peatlands’. The work will take place in Indonesia and Brunei, providing exciting opportunities for international fieldwork and collaboration. The work concerns tropical wetlands, and the role of trees in methane emissions, particularly the impacts of deforestation. Recent research has shown that trees are major conduits for the release of methane from wetlands (to a much greater extent than previously thought – see Pangala et al. 2017. Nature. ‘Large emissions from floodplain trees close the Amazon methane budget').
PIMS arrives at SUERC…a new take on measuring radiocarbon?
Kenny (NEC) and Rich (SUERC), positioning the first PIMS bending magnet (BM1).
The SUERC AMS team have been working hard with NEC and Pantechnik to develop an instrument for Positive Ion Mass Spectrometry (aka PIMS), that can measure radiocarbon, among other cosmogenic isotopes…and the machine has finally arrived from the USA, ready to assemble.
The end goal is to make an exceptionally simple, compact, efficient system for radiocarbon measurement that requires only gas samples (i.e. of CO2) for measurement, with all the accuracy and precision of traditional graphite, without the need to make solid samples. We are told by the team there’s no accelerator, plus faster and cleaner measurement.
More information on the system can be found at: http://www.pelletron.com/products/positive-ion-mass-spectrometry-pims-systems/
The AMS team are aiming to present results at the Radiocarbon Conference this year in Trondheim, so watch this space! Also, follow @SUERC1 on Twitter to get all the updates as the project progresses.
Publicity for our PhD student
Melissa Nikkhah-Eshghi featured with the HyPy.
Melissa Nikkhah-Eshghi was featured in the March Edition of publicity for Environmental Protection Scotland, describing her PhD project ("Developing a new chemical link between composition, abundance, and sources of atmospheric black carbon in a major urban environment’’). The full news story can be found at http://www.ep-scotland.org.uk/news/newsletter-february-2018/ (‘Melissa Zones in on Black Carbon in Glasgow’).
Melissa is only in the first few months of her NERC PhD and is generating a considerable amount of interest, due to the high profile of air pollution and its health impacts in the news at present. She’s supervised by Philippa Ascough (SUERC), Jaime Toney (GES), and Mat Heal (Edinburgh).