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Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2010), Title, Abstract xxxxx-xxxx presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

HR: 1340h
AN: ED53A-0523 Poster
TI: Monitoring Anthropogenic Carbon, A Classroom Research Project
AU: *Reese, D
EM: dreese@tusd.net
AF: Tracy High School, Tracy, CA, USA
AU: Wedel, K
EM: kwedel@tusd.net
AF: Tracy High School, Tracy, CA, USA
AU: Guilderson, T P
EM: tguilderson@llnl.gov
AF: Center for AMS, LLNL, Livermore, CA, USA
AB: Over the past three years high school students have participated in an authentic inquiry based research project to explore the carbon cycle, including the influence of fossil fuel CO2 emissions in northern Central California. This collaborative venture is multi-disciplinary and has included students from Environmental Systems, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Students were engaged to collect leaves from wild mustard (Brissica spp), a common annual easily identified by the students, which grows during the winter and early spring in Northern California. During photosynthesis plants fix carbon from the atmosphere and the leaves can be used as a novel means to integrate atmospheric constituents including isotopes of carbon. Our focus has been using the lack of radiocarbon in fossil fuel carbon as a negative tracer. One of the primary goals of this research project has been to articulate the real world application of science in the community. The students calculate the local ‘loading’ of fossil fuel CO2 relative to clean air (Mauna Loa, HI). In 2011, we will be scaling the project to include three additional schools in California. The concept of this project is quite simple and could be exported nationally providing a unique inquiry based project that students can participate in.
DE: [0315] ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE / Biosphere/atmosphere interactions
DE: [0345] ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE / Pollution: urban and regional
DE: [0428] BIOGEOSCIENCES / Carbon cycling
DE: [0820] EDUCATION / Curriculum and laboratory design
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2010 Fall Meeting