Division of IAEA Environment Laboratories

This Division comprises four separate laboratories that together constitute the IAEA's Environment Laboratories. They use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand and propose mitigation strategies and tools for the environmental impacts of radionuclides, trace elements and organic contaminants, as well as climate change, habitat destruction and biodiversity loss.

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    Radiometrics Laboratory

    The Radiometrics Laboratory focuses on marine radioactivity measurements, monitoring and assessments and on radiotracer applications for environmental pollution, oceanographic processes and climate change studies. It maintains an online open-access database of worldwide marine radioactivity data and produces certified reference materials, which are distributed to laboratories globally. Read more →

  • Radioecology Laboratory

    The Radioecology Laboratory uses state-of-the-art nuclear and isotopic techniques to address Member States' most important coastal and marine ecological challenges and needs. These include studies on biomagnification, ocean acidification, carbon cycling, seafood safety and biotoxins, often in the context of future climate-change scenarios. It hosts the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre. Read more →

  • Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory

    The Laboratory assists Member States in assessing marine pollution and improving seafood safety by developing and validating analytical methods for the measurement of contaminants, producing certified reference materials and applying stable isotopic techniques to study pollution processes and fingerprint pollutants’ sources. Read more →

  • Terrestrial Environment Laboratory

    The key task of this IAEA Laboratory is to provide expertise, training and support dealing with radioactive, industrial and other pollution. It assists Member States in preparing for emergencies and distributes reference materials on both radionuclides and stable isotopes to laboratories worldwide.   Read more →