Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Prof.

Contact First Name: Balz

Contact Surname: Kamber

Contact Address:

School of Natural Sciences Museum Building Trinity College Dublin

Telephone Contact Number: 353873571973

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
My main relevant expertise lies in the development and application of geochemical methods to environmental, climate change and raw materials issues. I have a particular interests in: i) using past deposition rates of dust as a climate proxy; ii) reconstructing industrial and agricultural air pollution from study of lake sediments and peat cores; iii) the natural occurrence of rare metals used in IT and new energy solutions; and iv) developing new vectors to ore deposits.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
geochemistry - trace elements - isotopes - climate proxy - lake sediment - peat bog - dust emission - atmospheric metal pollution - energy critical elements - geochemical vector

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

I was part of an Australian expert group on using dust deposition as a climate proxy for climate prediction Marx, S.K., Kamber, B.S., McGowan, H.A. and Denholm, J. (2011): Holocene dust deposition rates record the interplay between aridity, position of the mid-latitude westerlies, and a major agriculture induced wind erosion in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 3290-3305. Marx, S.K. and Kamber, B.S. (2010): Trace-element systematics of sediments in the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia: Sediment provenance and palaeoclimate implications of fine scale chemical heterogeneity. Appl. Geochem. 25, 1221-1237. Marx, S.K., McGowan, H.A., and Kamber, B.S. (2009): Long-range dust transport from eastern Australia: a proxy for Holocene aridity and ENSO-induced climate variability. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 282, 167-177. Petherick, L.M., McGowan, H.A., and Kamber, B.S. (2009): Reconstructing transport pathways for late Quaternary dust from eastern Australia using the composition of trace elements of long traveled dusts. Geomorphology, 105, 67-79. McGowan, H.A., Marx, S.K., Denholm, J., Soderholm, J. and Kamber, B.S. (2009): Reconstructing annual inflows to the headwater catchments of the Murray River, Australia, using the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2008GL037049 McGowan, H.A., Petherick, L.M. and Kamber, B.S. (2008): Aeolian sedimentation and climate variability during the late Quaternary in southeast Queensland, Australia. Paleo. Paleo. Paleo., 265, 171-181. Marx, S.K., Kamber, B.S. and McGowan, H.A. (2005): Long term estimates of Australian dust flux into New Zealand: Quantifying the eastern Australian dust plume pathway using trace element calibrated 210Pb as a monitor. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 239, 336-351.

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

I am a partner in an Initial Training Network called IsoNose \\\"ISOTOPIC TOOLS AS NOVEL SENSORS OF EARTH SURFACE RESOURCES\\\"

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

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