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Water Isotopes: Hurricane Sandy

Main Project Information
Goal Help researchers document-and learn about- Hurricane Sandy.
Task Collect and share local rain and snow measurements.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Hurricane Sandy is currently moving northward along the East coast of the USA (as of 10/29/12), and is expected to collide with a cold front and move inland across the northeastern USA during the next several days. On Friday, WaterIsotopes initiated a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation (both rain and snow) associated with the passage of this system.

The goal is to develop an unprecedented spatial and temporal dataset documenting the isotopic composition of rainwater (and snow) associated with this major storm system. These data will tell us about water sources and cycling within the storm system.

We're hoping to see evidence for changes in water sources to the storm as it first collides with the approaching cold front and then leaves the ocean to traverse the NE USA.

How to Join

If you are interested in collecting samples or know someone who might be, especially if you are located in an affected area not covered by our existing network, get in touch with us or just start collecting samples.

Instructions and a spreadsheet to record sample information can be found on the website.

1. Be safe
2. Start collecting precipitation as soon as possible
3. Try to collect a separate ‘integrated’ sample over each 12-hour period from 8am to 8pm
4. Each time you sample, fill a sample container w/ water from your collector, seal it securely, label it w/ an ID and record the info requested in the spreadsheet
5. See the letter for suggestions for sample collection devices and sample containers
6. Keep on sampling and hang onto your samples until we get in touch later in the coming week.

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Required Gear

Computer, materials to collect rainwater and/or snow, knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Ideal Age Group Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In snow or rain, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags climate, hurricane, isotopes, rain, sandy, snow, university, utah, water, weather
Project Updated 04/21/2017