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ISOTOPIC TOOLS AS NOVEL SENSORS OF EARTH SURFACE RESOURCES

Objective

Soil, water, and precious metals are major natural resources present at the Earth´s terrestrial surface and their efficient management is essential for future sustainable development. Their availability is regulated by massive biogeochemical transformations that take place as the chemical elements move from rock to soil, into plants, through ground water, into river water, and into ore deposits. These precious resources are currently being exploited to an extent that is unprecedented in the history of our planet. We will make use of recent technological advances, in the form of novel mass-spectrometric methods, that have the as-yet unrealised capacity to make fundamental advances in understanding the formation of these resources. The understanding developed with these new tools will ultimately guide the sustainable exploitation of Earth surface environments. We will train young researchers in these ISOtopic tools as NOvel Sensors of Earth surface resources (IsoNose) through this European Initial Training Network. Long-term collaboration to train this new generation of scientists will be initiated by instrument manufacturers, academic specialists in method development and applications, private sector participants from the environmental, material certification, and metal ore resources fields. The researchers will use IsoNose as a platform to lead this emerging field into new areas, including the geosciences, environmental forensics, biomedical sciences, and mineral resource prospecting.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 821 079,60

Participants (7)

INSTITUT DE PHYSIQUE DU GLOBE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 515 747,32
Address
Rue Jussieu 1
75238 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 738 293,38
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 574 238,28
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 511 897,32
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC (BREMEN) GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 800,72
Address
Hanna Kunath Strasse 11
28199 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BOLIDEN TARA MINES LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 244 814,46
Address
Knockumber House - Knockumber Road
N/A Navan Meath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)