Short Course in Stable Gas Isotopes in Groundwater


From: Mary Griffiths, Pembina InstituteThe following course may be of interest to some people living in rural Alberta.Dr. Karlis Muehlenbachs at the University of Alberta, who does isotopic analysis on gas from water samples taken under Alberta Environment's baseline water well testing program and for complaint investigations, has arranged for a short course on isotopic analysis. It will be given by an international expert, as described below.The registration fee for the two days, including lunch, is $50. On the first day, from 8.30 - noon, Dr. Schoell will deal with the fundamentals of gas formation and gas isotopes; the afternoon will be devoted to case studies. The second day deals with gas sampling techniqes, secondary processes and quantitative treatment, in the morning, with exercises and discussion in the afternoon.Dr. Schoell is aware that landowners and others with various levels of knowledge will be attending the course.The registration deadline, including receipt of a cheque for $50 (no credit cards), is March 9th. Registration details, etc. can be obtained from Rosemarie Franke at rfranke [at] ualberta [dot] ca Stable Isotopes in Natural Gas Compounds for Environmental Applications with Special Emphasis on Recognizing Origins & Processes of Formation of Gases in GroundwaterShort CourseDr. Martin SchoellMarch 14th & 15th, 2007University of AlbertaHenry Marshall Tory Building, Room 3-36University of Alberta CampusEdmonton, AlbertaIn this Short Course you will be introduced to the principles of isotope geochemistry of natural gases and the many applications there are for the recognition of the origin of gases. The course will systematically build your knowledge and familiarity on quantitative aspects of gas formation and migration as well as secondary processes that can alter isotope signatures under natural conditions. Then you will learn to work to quantitatively treat mixing and microbial alteration processes. Finally we will apply these techniques in several case histories of occurrence of natural gases in groundwater, subsurface gas leaks and coal mining settings.