Climate change: Science in the field (ecology, physics)

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  • Posted on: 7 April 2022
  • By: ZackWilliams
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In Term 1, we learned how about the role of human activity in the carbon cycle, and we examined at the current and future impacts climate change will have on the South Island.

Now, in Term 2, we will be taking individual actions and learning to live lightly, but also learning to affect change beyond ourselves. And as budding scientists, we will need to measure the effectiveness of our actions (or the actions we propose for our society at large), so we will need to collect data and conduct experiments fairly!

We will conduct two projects: in one, we will monitor the health of our local waterways (collecting and processing data, and using that data to propose and implement changes, with follow-up monitoring); and second, we will measure the effect of changing our behaviours in our daily lives on electrical energy consumption, and extrapolate the results to evaluate the impact it would have if others were to do the same.

We will also hopefully make a trip to Hinewai Reserve, a place we enjoyed studying in Term 1.

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AS90925 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction - 4 credits - internal
AS90935 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction - 4 credits - internal

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