Day 1 morning (9:30 - 12:30):

Lecture 1: An introduction to radiometric dating

Lecture 2: Fission track thermochronology I

Lecture 3: Fission track thermochronology II


Day 2 morning (9:30 - 12:30):

Lecture 6: U-Th/He thermochronology II

Lecture 7: U-Th/He thermochronology III

Lecture 8: Case studies on tectonics and basin analysis I


Day 1 afternoon (14:00 - 17:00):

Lecture 4: Fission track thermochronology III

Lecture 5: U-Th/He thermochronology I

Practice 1: Thermal history modeling I


Day 2 afternoon (14:00 - 17:00):

Lecture 9: Case studies on tectonics and basin analysis II

Practice 2: Thermal history modeling II

Discussion and Q&A session


About Introduction to Low-temperature Thermochronology

Low-temperature thermochronologic methods such as fission track and U-Th/He have become important tools in geoscience because of their resolving power for upper-crustal thermal history at < ~250 °C. This temperature range is relevant for many Earth processes such as:

  • fault motion,
  • mountain building,
  • erosion,
  • basin subsidence, and petroleum generation.

The lectures will cover an overview of geochronology and thermochronology, major laboratory procedures for fission track and U-Th/He methods, and a range of case studies to elaborate how to use and interpret results from low-temperature thermochronology.

Geoscientists who are interested in tectonics, basin analysis, and Earth surface processes may find the lectures useful.

Previous experience or knowledge of geochronology or thermochronology is not a prerequisite for attending these lectures.

This short course will be taught by apl. Professor Edward Sobel (Leader of the Thermochronology Facilities, University of Potsdam, Germany) and Dr Renjie Zhou (SEES UQ) 

This course is made possible by the support from the Universities Australia (UA) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
Room 228/229, Steele Building (Building #3)