EarthVision at Sidwell Friends
adam at coral.us.sidwell.edu
Tue Sep 26 14:19:31 EDT 1995
Interested members of the scientific community:
My name is Adam Frampton, and I am a student at the Sidwell Friends High School
in Washington, DC. During this school year, a team of students wrote a grant
proposal with a team of students and was awarded an EPA grant under the
EarthVision project at Saginaw Valley State University, in Bay City Michigan.
My team, which includes 4 other students and 1 teacher, participated in
several weeks of classes/lectures in Michigan.
Our proposal outlined a study of the coral reefs in Southern Florida. We are
examining the causes of the decline which has taken place since 1980. Using
computational analysis and scientific visualization, we will be creating
models, simulations, and visualizations of abiotic and biotic factors.
Our school has been awarded a Silicon Graphics Indy workstation equiped
with the latest in graphics technology, and access to the Cray Supercomputer
at the National Environmental Supercomputing Center, here in Bay City. Our team
has experience programming in C and FORTRAN, which are part of the program,
but we will be using AVS to create the actual visualizations.
We have been working with Dr. James Porter and others to gather our data.
Biotic factors that we will be looking at include: percent of coral coverage,
species abundance (two species which Dr. Porter refers to as "indicator
species,") and species diversity. Abiotic factors include: salinity, pH,
temperature, and turbidity. The team recently gained access to the EPA Storet
database so perhaps our study will also include heavy metals and other factors.
We will be examining the thermocline which causes warmer, hypersaline waters
to sink, and attempting to determine it's cause. If possible, we will also
try to create a simulation in which we can adjust the abiotic factors and
"see" it's effect upon the coral health.
Our homepage just opened the other day. Although not quite complete, it
does provide a very good outline of what we're going. You can find that
homepage at http://coral.sidwell.edu. (Netscape 1.1N+ / 8bit graphics
are better for viewing) Because sidwell.edu's net connection is so slow,
the homepage will soon be mirrored on townhall.org, which has a T3 connection
to the net, I believe.
If anyone has any data or knows anything about visualization of the coral
reefs, that may be relevant to our study, please feel free to email here at
adam at earthvision.svsu.edu.
Sidwell Friends EarthVision Team
PS- Here are the coordinates of the reefs we are looking at.
Ball Buoy Reef 25 deg. 19.067 minutes N
80 deg. 11.128 minutes W
Triumph Reef 25 deg. 28.60 minutes N
80 deg. 06.70 minutes W
Carys Fort 25 deg. 13.30 minutes N
80 deg. 12.70 minutes W
Looe Reef 24 deg. 32.5 minutes N
80 deg. 24.00 minutes W
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