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This workshop is dedicated to the study of noble gas radionuclides 85Kr, 39Ar, and 81Kr, three natural tracers for the circulation of water and ice in the environment. Together with 14C, these radionuclides cover an age scale ranging continuously from a few years to 1.3 million years.

Workshop topics include

  • Isotope detection and analysis methods
  • Sampling and sample preparation methods
  • Applications in groundwater
  • Applications in glacier ice
  • Applications in seawater
  • Other applications
  • For background information, please see:

  • A Primer on Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) – for colleagues who wish to apply radio-krypton or radio-argon dating
  • Whitepaper from TANGR2012:  Tracer Applications of Noble Gas Radionuclides in the Geosciences.

    Program Outline

  • Detailed Meeting Program
  • Sept. 4thTuesdayPre-workshop tech session (contributed talks, to discuss
    technical details of atom trapping, sampling and sample purification)
    Evening, reception and ATTA lab tour
    Sept. 5thWednesdayIsotope analysis, sampling and sample purification (invited talks)
    Applications in groundwater (I)
    Sept. 6thThursdayApplications in glacier ice
    Applications in other areas
    Museum tour and Workshop dinner
    Sept. 7thFridayApplications in seawater
    Applications in groundwater (II)

    Registration and Abstract submission

    Registration is closed.
    Abstract Submission


    Airport: Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
    Train: “Hefei South Station” or “Hefei Railway Station”
    Taxi: fare from the airport is about RMB¥100; fare from either train station is about RMB¥30.
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    Gaosu New Century International Hotel Anhui (安徽高速开元国际大酒店)
    No.88 He Zuo Hua South Rd, Shu Shan District, Hefei, 230022, China
    Price: RMB ¥398 per night.
    The room will be reserved if you checked the hotel booking option in the registration form.

    Workshop venue

    International Conference Hall,5th floor,Student Activity Center
    East Campus, USTC
    No. 96 Jinzhai Road, Bao He District, Hefei, 230026, China
    USTC West Campus Map
    USTC East Campus Map


    1st floor, Science and Technology Building (科技实验楼)
    West Campus, USTC
    No.443 Huang Shan Road, Hefei, 230027, China

    Local USTC organizers

    Zheng-Tian Lu, Shuiming Hu, Wei Jiang, Guomin Yang, Florian Ritterbusch,

    Related meetings

  • TANGR2012, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, US, June 2012
  • TANGR2015, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, March 2015
  • IAH Congress 2018, Daejeon, Korea, Sept 9-18, 2018
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    We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.