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Greece 14 years old   16 / 10

Project title:

“Interrogating” CO2

Research question

How do fires affect the composition of the atmosphere, its properties as an optical medium and how do these changes trigger climate changes?

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

Fires release huge amounts of aerosols into the atmosphere. In a vicious feedback loop, the additional CO2 contributes to the same long-term global warming disrupting the energy balance. The devastating fires in Rhodes in recent years are leaving a significant ecological footprint.

Project topic

Climate change

Describe how you plan to investigate the problem identified and which data you plan to analyse.

1. Data collection through satellite images of the island before and after the major fires.
2. Meeting with scientists/researchers from the research station in Finokalia, Upper Merabello to provide information on the state of the atmospheric environment in the Eastern Mediterranean in recent years, and provide aerosol measurement data.
3. Meeting with experts from the Rhodes Fire Service.
4. Development of a sensor to measure airborne particles using data that already exist in science laboratories or that can be obtained by simple means, such as Arduino microprocessors
5. Develop experimental processes to understand the anthropogenic greenhouse effect and the impacts of climate change.

Your feedback

Expert feedback Phase 1 - 2023-2024
Is the suggested problem a problem that the students can actually investigate? Is it feasible, realistic? Please explain why or why not. Is the relation with climate/local environment worked out? Where necessary indicate the wider scientific context to which the identified problem belongs.