We are pleased to announce the 1st international Summer School on high-resolution chemical imaging of solutes in soils and sediments, which will be held between September 12th and 18th, 2019 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
The aim of this Summer School is to teach the theoretical background and practical application of two-dimensional solute visualisation techniques, which allow for multi-analyte visualization of a broad range of solute parameters (metal(loid)s, oxyanions, O2, pH, enzyme activity) in soils and sediments at high spatial (µm-mm) and temporal resolution (min-h).
In the last two decades, biogeochemists and researchers from environmental science disciplines (water, soil, rhizosphere and sediment research) focussed increasingly on the investigation of small-scale biogeochemical processes. To facilitate the investigation of sub-mm biogeochemical gradients, solute sampling and sensing techniques were adapted for two-dimensional chemical imaging, advancing the existing analytical capabilities tremendously. Today, a number of studies has shown the high relevance and potential of solute imaging techniques for revealing highly localised biogeochemical processes.