Explain Radiocarbon dating

Schuur et al. 2016. Radiocarbon and Climate Change: Mechanisms, Applications and Laboratory Techniques

Explain radiocarbon in the carbon cycle

Radiocarbon in the Anthropocene

Human activities and changes to land ecosystems cause emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4) and short-lived carbonaceous aerosol that contribute to climate change and air pollution. Measurements of the radiocarbon (14C) signature of these different emission sources are an effective tool for differentiating these sources and developing and evaluating mitigation strategies.


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