School: Sat Sci Math Acad
Area of Science: Environmental
Interim: Project Name: Reforestation
Report Compiled By: Grace Igwe
With Contributions from: Team Members
Reporting Period: October-December 10
Section One: The Problem
The problem we are trying to solve is reforestation; if it’s possible to plant as many trees (or slightly less than) back as there are trees lost annually from critical danger points around the world: Jungles, Woodlands, Rainforests, etc.
As an indirect, we are also trying to see if it’s possibly to naturally speed up the process by which an average tree grows, w/o using harmful chemicals that would hurt the tree and its surrounding inhabitants. An average tree takes near 10 years to grow, and in that time, at 4 billion trees gone per year, that’s an astounding amount of deforestation for every one tree that gets planted.
Section Two: The Plan
The way we will go about our problem is through StarLogo TNG (and possibly NetLogo), which gives us access to visual as well as numeric aids. We believe it’s best to build a model of a critical danger point, with various tree types (to save time; possibly another model of a certain area that has trees of the same type) and test the different factors that cause deforestation: lumber, fires, wind/rain erosion, etc.
Using research and statistics, we’ll simulate the process of reforestation and deforestation and compare the two. Then, proceed to answer our indirect, in order to answer our direct question; it’s one thing to plant trees, but will all the trees we’ve planted matured in time to replace the trees that have already been lost (and are in the process of) to commercial and/or home use?
Section Three: Progress
Our progress has been delayed due to a different, hindering Robotics competition that we take place in every year, so our team switched focus to that, mainly, until it had passed. The second Robotics Competition isn’t until March so we’re working to catch up on our Supercomputing Project, while still working on our Robotics, but we’ve successfully built our simulation terrain for our Topic on the Reforestation/Deforestation process, but there is still debate on whether the topic is still too broad. We’ve narrowed it down, as stated above, to one particular region which is in danger of mass deforestation; research shows that (from 1995-2005) Honduras has had the most deforestation, but a more recent study (as of 9, January 2012) shows that Brazil has had the largest deforestation in the world, So we think our regional setting will be Latin America.
Section Four: Results
We expect error, on our part, from possible miss-programming in “Block Land.” We don’t really know what to expect from the data, we might run in to something rather alarming that might change the entire climate of the earth, or, there might still be hope for us to plant more trees, and save ourselves from “Global Warming,” seeing as trees work as cooling devices for the earth. We just don’t know.
Section Five: Citations
Sponsoring Teacher: Debra Johns
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