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Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility Taking the Planet's Pulse with Radiocarbon

Based in the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility is a new radiocarbon dating facility based around an Ionplus MICADAS (Mini Carbon Dating System). As part of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, the facility is located in a new purpose-built laboratory dedicated to radiocarbon analysis, with equipment for sample preparation, graphitisation and Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) dating.

UNSW has exclusive access to ancient sub-fossil and remote subantarctic trees, Antarctic ice, aquifers and sedimentary sequences spanning the last 50,000 years. Capable of making thousands of radiocarbon measurements a year, the MICADAS system is the first in the Southern Hemisphere and will support UNSW researchers in their efforts to spearhead a revolution in understanding the planet’s climate-carbon system.

To learn more about radiocarbon, read Chris Turney's Nature review on Hot Carbon

Ancient air trapped in Antarctic ice

As part of this endeavour, we are collaborating with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers needed to meet the environmental challenges of the future

Directors: Professor Chris Turney (Strategy) and Dr Chris Marjo (Operations)

We are supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee comprising staff from UNSW and ANSTO

If you’d like to learn more, please contact Professor Chris Turney at c.turney@unsw.edu.au

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