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Spatio-temporal Analytic of isotope Variations in the Environment
Welcome to the SAiVE Laboratory
The SAiVE Laboratory, Spatio-temporal Analytics of isotopes Variations in the Environment, was created by Clement P. Bataille in 2017. We are in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Growing up in a little village of southern France, close to the famous wine region of Bordeaux, I was drawn from an early age to consider the interactions of the geosphere and of the biosphere at large spatial scales. At the core of the wine making country is the notion of terroir, a land with unique geological, pedological, geographical, and climatic conditions that gives specific characteristics to the growing agricultural products. My childhood trained me to think about the natural world as a system with interconnected spheres. But it is not until I discovered isotope science, and the advances in geospatial and data science, that I understood how deep and broad I could investigate these interconnections.
Our group applies isotope and data science to solve problems ranging from understanding the habitability of the Earth across billions of years to tracking the migration of butterflies across Africa.
Clement P. Bataille
Geospatial and Data Science
Isotopes are ubiquitous markers of provenance and/or natural processes routinely used across many scientific disciplines. The field of isotope geochemistry has grown exponentially over the last decades, millions of isotopic data were generated from all sort of substrates across the world. The community is working on developing Isobank ,a global isotope database, to unlock the potential of isotope science to the broader scientific community.
My research vision is to build on advances in analytical and numerical methods, open-access repositories, remote-sensing data, and interdisciplinary collaborations to use global big data science in isotope geochemistry for innovative science applications in ecology and palecology, hydrology and chemical weathering, and paleoenvironments.
For more details about my vision also watch below my Keynote presentation at the IAEA 2020 conference: "The future of Atoms: Artificial Intelligence" (my presentation starts at 29min30sec)
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