Grade Category: 10-12
Team Size: 1
Subject Area: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Project Type: Descriptive/Experimental
This project studied the differences and recent changes in the levels of stratospheric ozone (vital to blocking harmful UV rays from reaching the Earth surface) at several geographic regions representing different latitudes and locations using datasets provided by the Canadian instrument OSIRIS aboard the Odin satellite. These locations included Canada, Australia, Central Africa, “anti-Canada” (the mirror location of Canada relative to the equator) and “anti-Australia” (the mirror location of Australia relative to the equator).
Our family is planning to go to Australia later this year. Naturally, I decided to browse the Internet to learn more about this country and the adventures it offers. It turned out that Australia is a beautiful place with a huge variety of exciting outdoor activities. I also learned that Australia, unfortunately, has the highest rate of skin cancer (1:30) in the world. This fact made me think about the ozone depletion and the related threat to people in different countries.
Special Skills: IDL
Awards: Provincial Showcase Award, Senior Earth and Environmental Sciences award
Note: This project is a continuation of another project done by me in 2004 (Study of Tropospheric Ozone Using OSIRIS and TOMS Data), which has won the following awards: Provincial Showcase Award, Earth and Environmental Sciences First Place, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society award, Travel Award, Bronze Medal at the 2004 National Science Fair