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    Team Number: 032

    School Name: Cuba High School

    Area of Science: Environmental

    Project Title: CO2 and You

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Problem Definition The purpose of this project is to try to predict the increase of global warming. If we can predict global warming we may be able to find a possible solution to stop global warming. If it is possible to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide we can make an equation for global warming. This will be very hard because global warming effects different areas in various ways. It may be possible to predict the amount of global warming for the earth as a whole. If global warming is not taken care of soon, the world is going to be too hot to support life. The temperatures of the world have been warming up for several years. With every year that passes the temperature seems to be rising more and more. Global warming is caused by the green house effect. The greenhouse effect occurs when gasses get trapped inside the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide gas is mostly responsible for global warming. Another problem that will occur is that the level of the oceans is going to rise dramatically. In the past century observations have been taken and they prove that the land surface temperature has risen 0.45-0.6 C (0.8-1.0 F). In all the continents the precipitation has increased by about 1 percent. Places that have high latitudes have had an increase in rainfall. The tropical areas have had a decrease in rainfall. In the last century the sea level has risen about 15-20cm. Approximately 2-5 cm of the rise has come from the melting of glaciers. The other 2-7 cm have come from the expansion of the water because of the rise in temperatures. REASEARCH Research on global warming has been the major part of the project. The problem is the inability to find a total amount of carbon dioxide in the air at a specific point. We are looking into the amount of cars on the road, the amount of fossil fuels being burnt, and the production of oil. We believe that if we find this information, we will be able find our equation. 200- 500 million years ago the fish and ocean life died. The things that died were crushed into sediment deposits. The temperature and the pressure converts to oil and gases. When the oil and gases are burnt CO2 is given off as a waste product. Then the CO2 traps the sun's heat inside the earth. If we can find a way to get rid of CO2, global warming will not be an issue any more. ALGORITHM The algorithm will compare the over all temperature of the world with the amount of CO2 used per year. Many different variables will need to be factored into the equation. After comparing the past amount of CO2 and temperature of the earth, the computer will be able to calculate the temperature in years to come, depending on the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. # include Temp ();\\Ask for the temp. Per year. CO2 ();\\Ask for the amount of CO2 in the air. Output (); Predict the temp. For future years. Void main () { Temp (); CO2 (); Output (); } Temp () { //Ask for the coal, gas and other materials that help add to the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. } CO2 () { //Ask for the amount of CO2 produced per year. } Output () { //Compare CO2 to Temp per year & predict the future temp. Depending on the CO2 in the air } PROBLEM TO DATE As a group, much has been accomplished. We have researched using the internet and the school library. We have contacted different people, Kathy Plamondon and Seath Whitworth, in the hopes of uncovering more information. Kathy Plamondon (kathykp@worldaccessnet.com) and Seth Whitworth (SETHWHIT@FIVEAREA.COM.) Kathy is a mentor in our school program and Seth is an Electrical Engineer out of Texas. He works at a power plant that produces CO2. We hope that these two, along with many other sources that have not responded at this time, will be able to help up in the future. Bibliography "EPA Global Warming" (online) Available http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/climate/atmospheric/index.htm, December 5, 1997 "Fossil Fuel and Oil Consumption" (online) Available http://zebu.uoregon.edu/1997/ph161/110.html "Global Warming" (online) Available http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/climate/trends/index.htm, November 28, 1998 "IOGCC NEWS RELEASE" (online) Available http://www.iogcc.oklaosf.state.ok.us/news/97marg.htm, January 21, 1998 (MINIMUM OF 250)


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