Geography and the Environment

Luminescence dating lab

The Geography department at UFV is the home of a luminescence dating laboratory, currently the only one of its kind in Western Canada.

Under the leadership of its director, Dr. Olav Lian, this research involves the collection of sediment samples in locations as diverse as Arctic Canada, BC's central coast, Australia, and Patagonia. These samples are then dated, and the age information is used to help understand the nature of long term environmental change.

The laboratory welcomes visiting colleagues from other universities, and, from time to time, undertakes limited contract work.

History

The laboratory absorbed, and replaced, the Optical and Thermoluminescence dating laboratory in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University, which closed due to the retirement of its director, Prof. D.J. Huntley.

After much delay, construction of the UFV laboratory was completed in the spring of 2007, and a new Risø TL/OSL-DA-20 dating system and other equipment was installed in November of that year.

Dr. Olav Lian

Laboratory Director

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"My most valuable experience was certainly the AIG to BC's Interior that I had the pleasure of completing with my peers under the guidance of Gary Fehr and Olav Lian. This experience was in-depth, interesting and relevant to my previous studies in a wide range of subject areas, including postglacial and paraglacial processes, First Nations affairs in BC and BC's evolving economy. I sincerely enjoyed this learning experience and it was the perfect way to cap off my undergraduate studies at UFV."

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  • – Melissa Koyanagi
  •    BA with double extended minors in Geography and Psychology

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