Isotope Ratiometer for Groundwater Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2008-00353
Amount: $79,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
VISTA PHOTONICS INC
67 CONDESA RD, Santa Fe, NM, 87508
DUNS: 134161533
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joerg Kutzner
 Director of Research
 (505) 466-3830
 jkutzner@vistaphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Pilgrim
Title: President
Phone: (505) 466-3830
Email: jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Sufficient and safe water resources are the foundation of a society. With growing Earth population the protection of the limited resources becomes more challenging. Scientific assessment of groundwater vulnerability to depletion and pollution is required for optimized water-use and for intensification of crop production systems with the aim to achieve a sustainable agriculture. Isotope hydrology provides established methods to accomplish these tasks. The technology is presently limited to highly specialized laboratories with sophisticated equipment. A low-cost, compact, rugged, real-time, water isotope analyzer suitable to perform these measurement tasks will be developed on this project. Controlled and traceable influence of agricultural activities on groundwater will benefit the agricultural enterprises as well as the surrounding communities leading to responsible land use. This technology will allow detailed analysis of the cycling of water through the plant soil and how it is taken up by plants. It will help to trace the geographical origin of agricultural products. Water isotope analyzers provide important information for atmospheric sciences, allow reconstruction of animal migration routes, can reveal climate in ancient centuries and might find application in fighting global warming.

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