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Fast Ion Chromatographs Monitor Long-Term Global Climate Change

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014
Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014
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Monitoring of global climate change via ice core sample analysis of the polar ice caps.

Scientists all over the world have been monitoring the statistical distribution of weather patterns over extended periods of time to measure the potential affects and significance of climate change.

This research not only studies past fluctuations, but also is used to predict future shifts in our climate and its global environmental impact.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a leading environmental research center that focuses on the United Kingdom’s national scientific activities in Antarctica.

Some of their current research includes long-term monitoring of global climate change via ice core sample analysis of the polar ice caps in both Antarctica and Greenland.

Dr. Ailsa Benton, Ice Core Analytical Scientist at with the BAS, describes her research and how she and her team use a Thermo Scientific Dionex Fast Ion Chromatograph with dual channel system to increase throughput and analyze samples every 1.25 minutes in this video.

Additionally, she explains how BAS scientists are able to analyze essential anions at detection limits in the ice core samples and how this helps provide essential information on climate and environmental conditions to thoroughly monitor long-term global climate change.


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