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Team: Panagiota Protopapa

Greece 12 years old   15 / 5

Project title:

climate change and fire incidents in Southern region of Peloponnese

Research question

How does Climate change affects the frequency of fire incidents in Southern Peloponnese

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

The southern part of Peloponnese is experiencing increasing periods of drought especially during the summer season.
On the other hand this region accepts a lot of heat waves coming from the Northern parts of Africa, mixed up with atmospheric barometric systems coming to the area from northern Europe.

This interplay is changing the local microclimate and the profile of fires that are frequently happening in the past.

We would like to investigate systematically the interplay of this factors in view of the global climate change particularly with respect to the fire incidents recorded during the summertime, as well as late spring and early fall.

Project topic


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

We would like to use something like data from the sentinel constellation, coupled with recorded incidents from the fire departments n 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.