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Evaluating a mass spectrometer to reveal ancient carbon in glacier systems

Ancient carbon reserves held beneath glacier systems are vulnerable to release as glaciers recede worldwide and could contribute to atmospheric greenhouse gases. This project will research long term changes in the global carbon cycle through an evaluation against a typical end-user application. Ultimately, this projects aims to develop mass spectrometry solutions to environmental problems, and contribute key information to product development, application and evaluation by the business, as well as opening up export growth potential for products. It will be paired with the stable carbon isotope project, which explores the sources of the of the carbon reserves held beneath glaciers.

Isoprime Limited

Isoprime design and manufacture specialised equipment for stable isotope ratio analysis of samples from applications ranging from paleoclimatology and geology to criminal forensics and sports doping. Based in Manchester, Isoprime is a member of the Elementar Group and distributes their products worldwide to universities, research institutes and private laboratories.

Researcher: Rebecca Burns

Whilst studying at Lancaster University, Rebecca Burns visited Iceland and instantly developed a passion for glaciology, something which she was exceptionally keen to pursue. After graduating in 2012 with a first class honours in BSc Physical Geography, she is now thoroughly enjoying the challenges of her PhD studies.


Project supervision

  • Isoprime Ltd
  • Lancaster University

Tue 24 April 2012