This award uses funds to acquire a MAT253 high-sensitivity stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, with a Kiel IV Carbonate Device, in order to analyze the isotopic composition of carbonates. This award also supports the acquisition of a Gas Bench II device to analyze carbonate, water, and gas samples.

The analytical instruments will be used for a broad range of scientific research involving climate, coupled natural and human systems, and water resources. Near-term research projects include climatology from cave and lake deposits, studies of hurricanes, sea-level transgressions, and isotope hydrology.

The broader impacts involve establishing a state-of-the-art analytical facility at a primarily undergraduate teaching institution where students may experience scientific research up close. The acquisition also helps underwrite the research of two female early career scientists.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
Type
Standard Grant (Standard)
Application #
1126673
Program Officer
David J. Verardo
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-09-15
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$827,931
Indirect Cost
Name
Skidmore College
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Saratoga Springs
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
12866