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Team: unicorns

Italy 17 years old   24 / 11

Project title:

biodiversity with satellitar data? A possible study

Research question

Connecting Earth Observation to High-Throughpu Biodiversity Data a possibile study?

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

The agricultural landscape of “Conca di Nola” the name of the area of our country, due to the presence of particular pedoclimatic conditions, is made up of hilly micro-units with a priceless heritage of native genetic resources, the result of the long selection work carried out by man over the of the centuries. This biodiversity must be protected in order to avoid the risk that, over time, many of these resources will be lost due to erosion processes and climatic change. The students work on the problem of ongoing loss of biodiversity, genetics and geography. The analysis will performed by use of satellite data and their correlation with the data collected in outdoor experience

Project topic

Flora & Fauna

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

The student will work in the first phase to collect data to characterise the fruit species in our territory. Our land, in fact, presents itself as one of the richest regions in vegetation and fruit trees the climate is temperate, with summer periods of drought and rainy winters, but in the last year, the climatic changes have modified this situation. The students collect data from outdoor education practices. In the great areas, they will observe the status of plants and trees. After this data will correlate with the date of the Eo observation, in particular, the student will observe the colour of the leaves and the percentage of water, the soil of the surrounding plain is remarkably fertile, with mineral elements. Finally, they will be made a laboratory experience to add information on species interactions as DNA-based technologies mature, the same samples could track population-genetic diversity. This work will be used to monitoring of environmental drivers that are visible to EO and on our area of Pomigliano d’Arco and helps link biodiversity to ecosystem functions and services by the municipality to valorize the land and our area.

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.