A Planetary Health Check: Establishing Global Geochemical Baselines
The first part of the event comprises two talks given by our distinguished guest speakers. Prof. Hassina Mouri will talk about the impact of water quality on human health, and Prof. Mark Macklin will give an overview of the impacts of metal mining on river systems using floodplain sediments.
In the second part, speakers from the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines will present the concept of the Global Geochemical Baseline studies, the recently published Manual of Standard Methods for Establishing the Global Geochemical Reference Network as well as examples of applications.
After the Chernobyl accident on the 26 th April 1986, European geochemists met in Trondheim in Norway in May 1986 and realised that there was no geochemical baseline data for assessing the impact of this disaster on the environment. Applied geochemists from all over the world postulated in the 1995 UNESCO report the development of “A global geochemical database for environmental and resource management ”. The continental-scale geochemical projects that were carried directly afterwards did not follow, however, the same sampling, sample preparation and analytical methods. The newly published Manual by the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines, presented during the IUGS event, is a direct response to the global need for the development of internally consistent quality-controlled data sets for each sampling medium for multipurpose use.