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International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems, and Climate Change Studies, 27 March – 1 April 2011, Monaco

October 19th, 2010

The principal objective of the symposium will be to exchange recent research achievements in the use of isotopic techniques in hydrology, climate change studies, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Human activities have had a far-reaching impact on the aquatic environments — both marine and freshwater systems. The protection of these systems against further deterioration and the promotion of sustainable use are vital. In order to deepen understanding about the main processes affecting the present situation, as well as possible developments in the future, further investigation is required. The oceans play a major role in climate change, for example, and ocean acidification by increased CO2 release is one major threat to the world’s oceans. Isotope methods can play a critical role in identifying and quantifying key processes within aquatic environments.

Addressing the problems of global water resources has become a matter of urgency. Water resources are subject to multiple pressures for various reasons, including increasing populations, climate change, rising food and energy costs, the global economic crisis and pollutant loading. Isotope hydrology provides the unique and critical tools required to address complex water problems and helps managers and policy makers understand the closely intertwined relationship between water resources and the various pressures affecting them, as well as the issue of sustainability.

The symposium will be an important forum for the exchange of knowledge on the present state of marine and freshwater environments, use of isotopes in water resources investigations and management, and climate change studies. The meeting will involve leading scientists in the field of climate change and hydrology, as well as representatives from other United Nations bodies and international organizations that focus on climate change and other important environmental issues.

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New Nucleonica brochure now available

October 7th, 2010

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A new, 66-page, colour brochure on Nucleonica is now available.
It can also be downloaded from the Nucleonica Technical Support wiki page. In addition to an introductory article on What is Nucleonica?, the brochure contains four chapters on Nuclear Data, Applications, Tools, and Networking. In total, there are 27, 2-page “leaflets” describing the main features of Nucleonica. There is also a section on Verification, Validation, and Testing of the various application modules.
Printed brochures can be ordered free of charge from joseph.magill@ec.europa.eu

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