Is New Mexico's Climate Changing?
School: Los Alamos Mid
Area of Science: Earth and Space Sciences
Interim: Interim Report
Is New Mexico’s Climate Changing
By Lillian Petersen and Lily Houghteling
Definition of the Problem
In this project, we are going to ask questions about climate change using python. Some of the questions we will ask are, has the climate in New Mexico been getting warmer over the last 100 years, is there more or less precipitation as it gets warmer, is each month by itself getting warmer and drier, and how much more do we expect New Mexico to warm in the future.
Plan for Solving Problem
The plan is to get the weather station data we need to conduct the experiment. Then, write a computer program in python to import the data, perform calculations, and plot the results.
So far, we have downloaded the weather station data from NOAA, and loaded the information into python. We also viewed the data in an excel spreadsheet. We downloaded data from Los Alamos, Taos, Carlsbad, and Albuquerque.
We expect that the temperature has risen at a low rate and there will be a fluctuating exponential curve. We also expect that the precipitation has a high variability and is decreasing over all. We would also like to forecast of future climate change by extrapolating data.
Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners, Warren D. Sande and Carter Sande, 2009, Manning, 432 pages.
Weather station data from http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov
Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Maslin December 1, 2014 Oxford University Press
Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, The National Academy of Sciences, 2014, National Academies Press
The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change, David Archer, 2010, Cambridge University Press
Sponsoring Teacher: Mark Petersen
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