Depletion of Aquifer Levels in the Lower Rio Grande
School: Desert Academy
Area of Science: Environmental Science
Proposal: We intend to study the impact of human population on select wells in the state of New Mexico, particularly in the lower Rio Grande.
This is important because the aquifers of New Mexico are being depleted at alarming rates, and if we find the correlation between human population increase and the diminishing of aquifer levels, we can predict how this trend will continue.
Our goal is to accurately model the change in aquifer level of select wells over time. We will use NetLogo to model this fluctuation. The variables we will incorporate are population and precipitation, including the difference between El Niño and La Niña.
To accurately model an aquifer in New Mexico we will need data from wells and aquifers in New Mexico. We will also have to research the average precipitation in that part of New Mexico as well as El Niño and La Niña.
Sponsoring Teacher: jocelyne comstock
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