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Bordeaux Training Session

Late Quaternary paleoceanography - Marine micropaleontology - XRF core canner measurements

Pyla Sand dune
Pyla Sand dune

Specialized and Generic Courses


Host Institution: EPOC

Location: France

Duration: 7 days

Date: 1-9 February 2011


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The first training session of the CASE project took place at Bordeaux February 1-9 2011. This session was attended by the recently recruited 12 CASE ESRs, as well as by researchers from outside the network (attending various parts of the training sessions) – equivalent to 11 researchers days.
This training session included specialized courses T1 and T2 from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, and the analytical and technical course T3 from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, according to the topics defined in the original Work-Plan (Annex I of GA 238111).


T1: Late Quaternary paleoceanography (proxies and non-destructive physical measurements)

A wide range of topics were elucidated by various methods both from the modern and the late Pleistocene environments. This included sedimentological processes in deep-sea envronments, and the application of light and heavy stable isotopes, radio-isotopes (chronology), and ice-core records in paleoclimatological/paleoceanographical investigations.


T2: Marine micropaleontology: the marine phytoplankton (ecology, use of proxies in paleoceanography).

This course concentrated on taxonomy, proxy validations, and applications of organic-walled, calcareous and siliceous phytoplankton remains to paleoceanographical studies. It included case stories and material from ongoing researches covering environments from the polar to the tropical ocean realm.


T3: Principles and application of XRF core canner measurements and XR radioscopy.

This course provided for a three days training on all the elements of core scan XRF analysis, - such as preparation of sliced cores for analysis, elementary XRF analysis, training how to use the core scanner effectively, and interpretation of data to a certain level-, and XR radioscopy. It included practical use of both instruments hosted at EPOC.



Sessions T1 and T2 were organized according to 8 successive 3 hour-long sessions, each featuring a unique speaker. Each speakers (CNRS Researchers or University Assistant Professors) were permanent staff of EPOC (CNRS/University Bordeaux 1). Speakers on Training 3 included two technical and scientific staff from the Associated Partner AVAATECH (XRF core scanner), both invited by the host institution (EPOC), as well as one EPOC Engineer (XR radioscopy).

A formal presentation by both the CASE coordinator (J. Giraudeau) and Project Manager (I. Deme) was given to the 12 ESRs upon the start of the training event, on the history, structure and management of this Initial Training Network.

A detailed timing and the list of topics are given in the attached program.


Two social events, both very much appreciated by the attendants, took place on the evening of Feb. 2nd (gala dinner and wine tasting) and on Feb. 6th (visit of Saint Emilion and Arcachon Basin – Pyla sand dune).

Training Session Photos - Wine BarWine Bar


This first training event was completed on Feb. 9th, noon. All 11 speakers are warmly thanked for their efficiency, professionalism, and the overall quality of their courses.

Pdf versions of their presentation are being made available to the CASE ESRs using the restricted storing area.


List of presentations


Jacques Giraudeau

Isabelle Dème

The CASE ITN: history, structure. Introduction to the training session


Frédérique Eynaud

Dinocysts as tracers of sea-surface paleohydrology: methods (including paleoecological transfer functions) and applications


Xavier Crosta

Diatoms:  from micropaleontology to isotope geochemistry


Bruno Malaizé

Ice-core records and applications for Late Quaternary climate reconstructions


Emmanuelle Ducassou

Deep-sea sedimentary systems and processes


Sabine Schmidt

U- and Th-series radioisotopes: application to marine sediment (dating, focusing)


Francis Grousset

Lithogenic sedimentation and rapid climate changes:  geochemical methods


Philippe Martinez

On the principles and applications of C and N stables isotopes (organic matter)


Jacques Giraudeau

Coccolithophores: from extant populations to fossil assemblages


B. Koster – R. Tjallingii (Avaatech)

I. Billy - J. Giraudeau


Principles and applications of XRF core scanner measurements


Avaatech presentations

An Introduction to X-Ray Fluorescence


Physical parameters and XRF core scanning


Calibration of XRF core-scanner data

Application of XRF core scanning in marine geosciences


The Avaatech XRF core scanner


Epoc presentation

Use of the X-rays in the domain of the Geology


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