Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
High-precision isotope analyses of atmospheric gases
Our scientists take air, soil and plant samples on numerous excursions and at permanent research sites. These samples are then processed and analysed at the institute. In order to track the fate of greenhouse-relevant trace gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, we have to find out about their isotope composition and its change in the air. We use mass spectrometry for this. When visiting our laboratory for stable isotope analytics you can find out what isotopes are all about, how they are measured and what they tell us about the origin of carbon dioxide.
Lab tour with Heiko Moossen