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Townsend to address International Atomic Energy Agency forum in Vienna

Published 12 Sep 2013

Dr Ashley Townsend from the Central Science Laboratory will address the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna next week.

The Central Science Laboratory’s Ashley Townsend will next week address the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna at a scientific forum concerning the use and application of nuclear and natural isotopes aiding our understanding of processes and changes occurring to the world’s oceans.


Held in conjunction with the IAEA general conference the forum “Blue Planet” will focus on man-made pressures impacting coastal and marine environments, such as pollution, unsustainable extraction of living resources, and climate change.  The meeting will highlight how the application of nuclear and isotopic techniques can increase our global understanding of these issues, enabling targeted and efficient management responses.


Ashley has been invited to specifically speak to the assembly on his work concerning the use of lead and it’s unique isotopic fingerprint to track the extent and source of lead pollution recorded in marine sediments. In collaboration with colleagues from UTAS, AAD and CSIRO, Ashley has applied this technique over many years to situations unique to Tasmania and Antarctica.


“It is an high honour for me personally to be invited to speak at this important meeting, and reflects the interests, skills and standing of many Tasmanian researchers across agencies working in the marine and Antarctic science space.  It also reflects well on the world class facilities and capabilities that UTAS has in the staff and instrumentation housed in the Central Science Laboratory.”