Application of radionuclides and isotopes to study environmental processes

Natural and anthropogenic radionuclides (isotopes) have been widely applied in environmental studies, e.g. in hydrology and climatology for estimation of groundwater ages and climate changes. Climate change and anthropogenic impacts have affected sources and redistribution of pollutants in the environment. Radionuclides can be employed to trace the origin and transport of pollutants in environment. Recent developments in analytical techniques of long-lived radionuclides (HPGe gamma-spectrometry, high-resolution alpha spectrometry and mass spectrometry) enabled to detect radionuclides at ultra low level and expanded the use of radionuclides in tracer studies. This study is focused on developing radionuclides (isotopes) techniques to use as tracers for estimation transport of pollutants and their toxic impacts on environment.
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