LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.5

Help for VADCFLL-L Archives


VADCFLL-L Archives

VADCFLL-L Archives


VADCFLL-L@LISTSERV.JMU.EDU


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

VADCFLL-L Home

VADCFLL-L Home

VADCFLL-L  September 2008

VADCFLL-L September 2008

Subject:

Re: Project Dilemma

From:

Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 13:33:18 -0400

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (79 lines)

Dear Nick,

I've read and re-read the Project instructions, and nowhere do I see 
a requirement that the project must deal with climate CHANGE. By my 
reading, it has to do with climate, period.

Changing climate is mentioned once in the Introduction, and there are 
several Resources about climate change, but not in the instructions 
themselves. The project has to do with climate and the problems that 
it may cause to a community, and ways that communities may act to 
mitigate those effects. The project may be about climate change, if 
changing climate is causing problems.

Perhaps the climate is changing in your community (getting warmer, or 
colder, or drier, or windier, or cloudier, or whatever), and perhaps 
that change is causing problems; that's certainly true in some 
communities.

But perhaps your community is simply dry, such that finding enough 
clean water is a perpetual issue. Or perhaps it gets yards of snow 
each winter, making it hard to drive. Or perhaps it's prone to 
hurricanes. Certainly climate is a challenge to the residents of New 
Orleans, or Needles, in the California desert, or Fargo, with its 
deep winters. I can think of many possible research topics on 
problems having to do with climate change, and many that simply have 
to do with climate.

I also disagree with your interpretation that teams may not think up 
ways to combat climate change. For example, a team may conclude that 
CO2 emissions are causing warming and that warming is a problem in 
their community. A method of reducing CO2 emissions might be argued 
to reduce warming, thereby having a mitigative affect on the problem. 
That, to me, is exactly "what a community is doing about" the 
problem--attacking the root cause!

On a side note, it's interesting that your team has looked at climate 
data and possible correlations with natural disasters. I'd think that 
project judges would be impressed with this sort of analysis, 
assuming that the kids did it themselves and present it clearly.

Cheers,
Mike Blanpied
Reston, VA

At 12:05 PM -0400 9/20/08, Nicholas Duan wrote:
>Our team is experiencing some difficulty in identifying the right 
>research topic.  This is the dilemma we are facing:
>
>This year's project is to "Research how climate affects your own 
>community. Identify a problem caused by climate in your area, 
>analyze climate data about the problem, and discover what your 
>community is doing about it".  So the assumption made here is that 
>the climate change is already taking place and we need to find some 
>solution to adopt it, rather than some ways to combat or change it. 
>So the problems to be identified would be some damages caused by the 
>climate (like drought or flood), not some thing that may cause 
>climate changes.  So any topic that deals with CO2 and global 
>warming would be out of scope. 
>
>Another issue is that after analyzing the local weather data for the 
>past 30 years, we found none variation of climate conditions at all. 
>It is hard (if not impossible) statistically to correlate local 
>weather with flood or drought. In another words, it is very 
>difficult to establish any scientific evidence that the natural 
>disasters were caused by climate changes.  Even the scientists 
>couldn't agree among themselves on the right causes. So the 
>"Connection" part may not be there at all.
>
>I'm not sure if other teams were facing the same problem.  Any 
>suggestions to help us back on the right track would be highly 
>appreciated.
>
>Nick

______________________________________________________________
To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list".

If you want to join the VADCFLL-ADMIN-L mailing list - to which FLL administrative announcements will be distributed - visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html and select "Join or leave the list".

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



LISTSERV.JMU.EDU

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager