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Collaborating with NASA and NOAA

 

Collaborating with NASA and NOAA

 

Climate change is a hot topic globally. A lot of people are looking at the effects of climate change on their communities. During the 2014-2015 school year Sarah Zavala, Justin Avery, Adrianna Buffalo Chief-Hoffman, Brianna Bickerstaff, Christina Coffman, Shanise Parker, and Rose Buffalochief, students from all three NICC campuses, will be working together on climate change funded by NASA, Nebraska EPSCoR, and UNO. Students will also work with local and global weather authorities like Nebraska High Plains Climate Center (NOAA) to gather and compare data.

The students will gain knowledge and skill in the operation of scientific weather equipment, as well as, developing and understanding scientific data analysis. Also they will work with the geoscience software Arc View so that GIS images may be used to represent locations of extreme weather occurrences and the historical rate. Students will collect a variety of local weather data from each campus’s respective locations. These locations will be NICC’s Santee Campus, South Sioux Campus and Macy’s Campus. A weather station will be posted at each location.

Each group of students from each campus location will compile current weather data to be entered into a Statistics 8 software program for later statistical analysis. Historical records will be entered into Statistics as well for correlation analysis and documentation on satellite images. Satellite images will be used to plot campus locations, historical weather statistics, and the rate and in-tensity of extreme weather events. Students will be instructed in the basic uses and applications of the Arc View software so that at the end of this project, each group of students at each campus site will have an image that represents this. It is hoped that this project will stimulate student interest in the math and sciences and show how local science is connected to the larger scientific scope of things.