Start-up Funding for SIPS (Stable Isotope Precipitation Sampling) for the Island of Newfoundland

Lay Summary 

This study involves high school students from across the island of Newfoundland in a Citizen Science project. The students will collect water samples, record the sampling location, date, and weather conditions using an interactive app. The water will be analyzed, and then we will present the data in a global context to the students. Our website will have instructional video(s) describing Citizen Science, how to sample, and the importance of these data.

The goals of this project are to:
1) Engage Newfoundland students in scientific research that occurs at Memorial University
2) Promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as well as EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion)
3) Put Newfoundland science research in a global context
4) Discover the local meteoric water line (LMWL) for the island of Newfoundland

A LMWL is a linear relationship between the stable hydrogen (d2H) and stable oxygen (d18O) isotopes of water for a general location. Many locations have discovered their own LMWL, however, Newfoundland does not have one yet. A LMWL requires many samples from different locations and seasons. A LMWL can be used in many applications such as determining the origin of groundwater, tracing local relative humidity, studying local climate and climate change.

Earth Sciences
- Quick Start Fund For Public Engagement
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Start date 
7 Apr 2021
End date 
17 Oct 2021
Lead Organization 
Memorial University
Support Organization 
NL English School District