Short course in Geochronology

When: 2 to 5 May 2022.

Where: Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), Rankine Avenue, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride, G75 0QF.

Course availability: Total number of attendees is limited to 25 and will be filled on a first come first served basis. The course will adopt a hybrid format with talks made available online.

Registration for the course is free and tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch will be provided for all participants on each day. The course will start at 10:00 on Monday 2 May and conclude at 16:00 on Thursday 5 May.

Accommodation: Accommodation can be booked at a local Premier Inn that is just 10 minutes walk from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre.

Presenters: Prof Darren Mark, Dr Derek Fabel, Dr Philippa Ascough, Dr Richard Staff from SUERC with Dr Dan Condon, Dr Diana Sahy and Dr Matt Horstwood from British Geological Survey (BGS).

Course details: Geochronology, including thermochronology, is a critical component of practically all modern earth and planetary science and provides fundamental information for other areas of research including archaeology, marine sciences and ecology. Given that earth and planetary scientists commonly seek to understand relationships between events or phenomena for which physical evidence is incomplete or ambiguous, establishing temporal relationships through geochronology is often our only basis for assessing causality arguments.

This short course in geochronology aims to become a component of practical geochronology training in the UK to underpin the NERC Doctoral Partnership training programmes and university research. The course is open (at no cost) to postgraduate students (MSc and PhD) who are registered on a programme of study at a UK institution and postdoctoral researchers who are utilising geochronology. The course has been formulated to introduce techniques and approaches in dating geological materials through lectures, laboratory tours, data workshops and tutorials. Participants will get access to scientists at the forefront of geochronology and opportunities to network with students and researchers from across the UK working in similar fields of study. This course is aimed at researchers using geochronology and/or other techniques that rely on an understanding of dates and rates of earth system processes.

The short course in 2022 will cover:

  • An introduction to geochronology
    • K-Ar and Ar/Ar geochronology
    • Cosmogenic isotope dating
    • U-series and U-Th-Pb dating
    • Radiocarbon dating
  • Framing the problem (from rock to isotope measurement)
  • Laboratory visits, measurements in action
  • Isotope measurements (concentrations and ratios) to ages and dates
  • Uncertainties in geochronology
  • Data interpretation (e.g., calibration curves, Bayesian modelling, standards)
  • Applications of geochronology
  • Geochronology tutorials – attendees discuss their projects and approaches to geochronology
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