The Rio Grande: Taking It Back From The Texans
School: New Mexico School for the Arts
Area of Science: Water Conservation
Proposal: For the 2011-2012 Supercomputing Challenge, we (Mohit Dubey, Milada Guenther, Samuel Thompson, and Noah Caulfield from New Mexico School for the Arts) are planning on doing a NetLogo model of the Rio Grande running through New Mexico from the northern border with Colorado to the southeastern border with Texas. Along the way, we will divert the river to major water consumers in New Mexico (cities, farms, etc.) and adjust the water levels in correspondence to the changes. In addition, we will add aspects of evaporation, wildlife usage (trees using the water, natural contamination/water loss, etc.) and use actual stream flow data to make our model realistic and accurate, during wet and dry years. After obtaining the data we need (actual water levels, major water consumers, evaporation rate, and other factors that change the water level), our goal is to have a model that supplies the entire state with as much water as possible from the river, but still supplies enough water to Texas. We will run the model many times and collect data for drought years and other problems that may occur in the real world. By the end of the year, we hope to have a working program with a real map of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, diverted to support major consumers with color-coding to represent water levels with a certain amount of water at the start, on the border of Colorado and about half that amount at the end, which will be supplied to Texas.
Sponsoring Teacher: Acacia McCombs
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