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Team: 3gymSKONI-FIRE

Greece 13 years old   21 / 9

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Research question

We often deal with dust thickly. So can we count the dust? So we can count the days with dust and divide them into categories?

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

We often deal with dust thickly. Dust that blurs our photos ,dust that makes cars not clean.
Dust in the area is mainly due to two factors: Dust generated locally by wind and human activity (e.g. dust blown up by wind in dry inland areas and dust brought through atmospheric circulation in the area .The main source of transported dust is the Sahara desert.
The explanation given by scientists for the increasing episodes of dust in the sky of the Mediterranean countries is none other than the desertification of the Sahara
2 years ago (August 2022) a fire broke out in our area. So part of our research was to observe the change in the nature of our area with the help of satellites. We will try to make a timelapse observing the change of the area but also observing the dust. Are they related after all?

Project topic

Floods & droughts

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

Every day we will get dust data from meteo.gr (National Observatory of Athens. They will be divided into 4 categories 0 dust at all 1-2 low 2-3 medium 4-5.high 6-7 very high. Data is stored in a shared ledger. On the days with dust we will keep the meteo.gr (National Observatory of Athens) dust charts, and we will observe the area from the EO Browser paying attention to the changes that occur.
At the end we will show diagrams per month with the dust days. Ideally, we will make a time lapse with the images we have saved.

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.