New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Too Much CO2 Not Enough Ice

Team: 23

School: East Mountain High

Area of Science: Enviromental


Interim: Team Number: 23
School Name: East Mountain High School
Area of Science: Environmental Science
Project Title: Too Much CO2 Not Enough Ice

Problem Definition:
We all know that plants are the ones absorbing the CO2 but with urbanization there is less and less plants. The ice is melting and releasing more and more CO2 everyday. Studies have shown that the ice in the arctic is decreasing because of the climate change. Scientists say that the ice is able to trap the CO2 under it. The concern now is that the ice is thinning making that it releases more CO2 into the atmosphere. Then with less plants there will be nothing left to absorb the CO2 meaning that there is a higher concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. In this project we are going to find out how much CO2 is being released due to the melting ice. We want to find out if the ice have a big impact on CO2. This is an important project because higher CO2 concentrations cause Earth's temperature to rise, which in turn melts the glaciers and ice caps, and that releases more CO2 into the atmosphere.

Our Plan:
We plan on using NetLogo to demonstrate the ice melting and the amount of CO2 coming into the atmosphere. In NetLogo we will show the depth of the ground. In the depth of the ground we will show the temperature and the amount of methane. When the methane is being released we will program NetLogo to show the CO2 in the atmosphere. We plan to collect data for temperature and concentration of methane in permafrost and speed that earth warms and temperature change with methane.

Progress to Date:
We are researching the speed that Earth warms, the various temperatures of the atmosphere, the concentration in the ground. We are looking at the speed of which the greenhouse gases move around. We have talked to a mentor who has given us more ideas of how to program and what to program. The mentor told us the correct terminology for example methane in permafrost.

Expected Results:
We expect to get a result that will solve the CO2 problem. We want to find a reason why an increase in CO2 causes warmer temperatures on Earth and what effects this will have. We also want to find out if we do nothing about this problem what the long and short term effects would be.

Mentor: Mark Petersen


Team Members:

  Natasha Cordova
  Pete Talamante

Sponsoring Teacher: Jennifer Cordova

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