Colombian Students Explore the Consequences of Climate Change Around the World

Since 2012, senior students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia, have participated in a team project called “Earth Observation: Science From Another Perspective.” This year’s 88 students, working together in 12 teams, researched questions related to climate, one of the nine Societal Benefit Areas.

Senior students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia. Image Credit: SGS.

Senior students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia. Image Credit: SGS.

Since 2012, senior students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia, have participated in a team project called “Earth Observation: Science From Another Perspective.” This year’s 88 students, working together in 12 teams, researched questions related to climate, one of the nine Societal Benefit Areas.

The result of their research and design work are posters addressing the compelling questions that they wanted to understand by using the tools, results and perspectives of Earth observation technology.

Four of the posters have been selected to be presented here. Earthzine hopes to continue to work with high schools around the world to facilitate similar student research projects.

Estudiantes colombianos exploran las consecuencias de cambio climático en el mundo

Desde 2012, los estudiantes de último año del Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra en Bogotá, Colombia, han participado en el proyecto llamado “Observación de la Tierra: Ciencia desde otra perspectiva.” Los 88 estudiantes de este año, trabajando juntos en 12 equipos, investigaron preguntas relacionadas con clima, uno de las nueve Áreas de Beneficio Social.

El resultado de esta investigación y diseño son posters científicos dirigidos a responder a las preguntas que querían entender a través de las herramientas, resultados y perspectivas de la tecnología de observación de la Tierra.

Cuatro de los posters fueron seleccionados para ser presentados aquí. Earthzine espera continuar el trabajo con estudiantes en colegios en todas partes del mundo para facilitar proyectos parecidos de investigación.

Poster Projects

thumb 1Leatherback Sea Turtles

The issues treated throughout the investigation root from the eminent danger of global warming, and analyses of several aspects of it, such as the loss of the polar ice caps, coastline erosion, and the changes in precipitation indexes. Then, the project focuses on the consequences inflicted on leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys Coriacea) by the major changes on their environment.

thumb p2The Continuous Renaissance of the Sahara  

The Sahara Desert used to be a green area with large amounts of vegetation and biodiversity. However, a shortage of precipitation destroyed the environment and contributed to the recent arid and dry conditions. Now, climate changes continue to affect the zone and in fact, green areas are reappearing in some.

thumb 3Biomass in the Sahel: A Satellite Approach for the Future

With the help of satellite images, it is possible to see how the Sahel is retaining greenhouse gases that should be liberated after the process of photosynthesis from ecosystems found in the area. Through the images, it is evident that this is a large (and essential) part of Africa and therefore the damage done there is directly related to the problem of global warming.

thumb 4Melting Sharks

Global temperatures have been increasing drastically during the last 13 years. Maritime ecosystems are in danger as sharks, one of the species that helps maintain the balance of marine life in the ocean, are threatened by the melting of the poles and the rising temperatures.