Adding Value to the Tellus Survey
A Multi-Elemental Isotopic Database of Soil and Streamwater
The Tellus survey undertaken by the Geological Survey of Ireland, is a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical information on the soil, rocks and water across the island. Since inception in 2004 there has been a considerable amount of data amassed and disseminated for public use (Click here). However, there remains a paucity of isotopic data from the collected media. This "Short Call" project, funded by the Geological Survey of Ireland and in collabaoration with Teagasc, the Irish Agricultural and Food Development Authority, will isotopically analyse the soil, its carbonate and surficial water for carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur and present the data as GIS-derived "isoscapes". Such information will add to the multi-elemental isotopic soil and soil carbonate data already analysed and published by SIF as part of the original Tellus Border survey:
Isoscaping Soil Carbonate Across Northern Ireland Ogle, N. 2012 in Environmental Forensics: Proceedings of the 2011 INEF Conference ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, 206-217
Besides contributing to the academic knowledge database, analysed data will additionaly provide "real world" information of use to various economic and industrial enterprises for example, agri-food, climate modelling, and environmental policy development.
The project began in January 2020 so please check back for regular updates on how the project is developing.
Update: February 2021
First traunch of samples have been selected are awaiting delivery