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RML - Radiometrics Laboratory

RML staff

The Radiometrics Laboratory is an internationally recognised centre for the study of the oceans by using radionuclides as environmental tracers, in collaboration with leading research centres around the world. Natural and artificial radionuclides are used to quantify processes such as ocean circulation, transport of pollutants in coastal ecosystems, sedimentation and submarine discharge of underground waters.

A leading laboratory in developing and applying new radioanalytical methods to detect trace levels of radionuclides, RML also uses innovative technologies such as large-scale synchrotron facilities to study marine particles and accelerator mass spectrometry for the determination of ultra low concentration of long-lived radionuclides. Laboratories worldwide improve their performance by using the marine radioactivity Certified Reference Materials produced by RML. Support is provided to IAEA Member States in the development of radiological monitoring programmes of their marine ecosystems through scientific and technical cooperation. RML contributes to coordinating international research initiatives and provides support to International Environmental Agreements. Worldwide marine radioactivity data are validated and banked in an open web-based database. Uses nuclear techniques to study diverse aspects of Climate Change by better understanding ocean circulation, using isotopically validated models and analysing isotopes in environmental records (such as corals) that trace past conditions of the world climate.

RML also disseminates knowledge through the organisation of international meetings, through publications in the international literature and through training of students and scientists.