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Team: SiDaF (Satellite Investigation of Daniel Floods)

Greece 14 years old, 15 years old   13, 6 / 5

Project title:

Investigating Daniel Floods through Satellite Images

Research question

How did “Daniel” floods evolve and why? Which actions can our community take to avoid similar issues in the future?

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

Our area was recently hit by extreme weather named “Daniel”. As a result, many big areas flooded and our community suffered from the consequences. Several villages were completely flooded, forcing residents to abandon their properties. The floods severely impacted everyday life; to this day, some communities have not yet fully recovered. The water is still not drinkable and the fields are not arable. The reasons behind the disaster are still being debated.

Project topic

Floods & droughts

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

We will examine the evolution of the flooding phenomenon through satellite imagery to assess the extent and severity of the phenomenon. We will conduct field research in the flooded areas, talk with the locals about their experience, and verify our findings from satellite images. We will contact the local authorities (communities, municipalities, region) to find out the location of the dams along the Pinios River and their effect on the evolution of the phenomenon. We also intend to contact experts from our local University to get their scientific opinion. Using all the data we have gathered we will make conclusions about the phenomenon’s evolution and causation and suggest ways to prevent similar events in the future.

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.