The basic principles underlying the various applications of natural and anthropogenic radionuclides in environmental studies are described in the first part of the book. The book covers the two major groups of applications: the use of radionuclides as tracers for studying transport and mixing processes: and as time markers to address problems of the dynamics of such systems, manifested commonly as the so-called residence time in these systems. The applications range from atmospheric pollution studies, via water resource assessments to contributions to global climate change investigation. The third part of the book addresses new challenges in the development of new methodological approaches, including analytical methods and fields of applications.
- A state-of-the-art summary of knowledge on the use of radionuclides
- Conceived as a companion to the two volumes of this series, which deal with isotopes as tracers
basic concepts and methodologies. 3. Radionuclides as tracers of atmospheric processes. 4. Radiocarbon as a tracer in the global carbon cycle. 5. Radionuclides as tracers and timers in the continental hydrosphere. 6. Radionuclides quantifying weathering processes. 7. Radionuclides in fluvial systems. 8. Isotopic tracers in climatology. 9. New developments in the analysis and application of radionuclides.