Lego Guards visit DRI in Reno!

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On Wednesday, half of our team (Aydan, Andrew, and myself) went to the Desert Research Institute (DRI) In Reno, Nevada.  These scientists and climatologists are part of the Western Regional Climate Center and  monitor and study the climate for the entire western 1/2 of the United States!

Alejandro, Aydan & Andrew in front of the DRI in Reno, Nevada

Greg McCurdy, the Climate Applications Programmer, shows the team various graphs on climate data collected and  trends  calculated by WRCC for our community.

We sat down in one of their conference rooms, and talked about climate changing and effecting wildfire and we also talked a little about our innovative solution. (They thought it was a good idea!)

 

Laura Edwards, a Research Climatologist, was our gracious guide... and explains how DRI collects ice core samples from Greenland and Antarctica, and how they melt and analyze the cores!

Then we went to their ice core lab, where we learned the process they go through to get the ice cores  and what they do after, and we actually did hold one from Antarctica!  It was really cool, litterly since we were in their walk in freezer when we did that.

Aydan, Andrew and Alejandro in the "freezer" with core samples from Antarctica!!

 

This is the apparatus that slowly melts the ice core and sends the liquid to a clean room where it is analyzed.

These computers show the data found from the ice core samples. The fluctuations on the screen indicate seasons or years... DRI has studied ice from as old as 1000 - 2000 years!

 Then we went to their "Cave", which is a virtual reality machine in which Bill Sherman can project images on the 3 walls and floor. We put on 3D glasses and he took us on a tour of the firefighting simulation that they use.

The team in the "cave" with Bill Sherman, Technical Director for CAVCaM (Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling)

Yes, those are 3 D glasses... and it gets better!

 

DRI has created a 3D simulator with realistic terrain and vegetation (based on actual areas) and a fire simulator. This is an incredible tool for Fire fighters and Fire Managers, and a lot of fun to play in!

The team moves in closer to a fire!

Laura shows the team one of several Ecocells in DRI's big greenhouse. Each Ecocell has several sections of prairie from Oklahoma, that are being used for climate change experiments. DRI is experimenting with these Ecocells to see how increased temperature and increased CO2 affects an area.

 Then we went and saw their greenhouse, which they use for chunks of land they take from different parts of the world, and keep them at different temperatures and Co2 levels. 

- Alejandro

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On Wednesday Sep 24 Aydan, Alejandro and I  went to the Desert Research Institute in Reno. We went and talked to some people about climate change and wildfires.They liked our innovative solution! Then they showed us some ice core samples in the freezer(brrrrrr!). Then we went to the cave(an incredible virtual reality room with some cool programs on it . Then we went to the greenhouse where they were doing experiments with Oklahoma grasses. This was a very fun field trip.

- Andrew

 

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At the DRI in Reno, we learned about climate and saw some cool graphs about weather. Then we went into the Cave (Virtual Reality Room) and it was cool. We fell off a buidling. Then we went to the plant-arium (a big greenhouse) and saw some cool plants. They had prairie plants in their own separate rooms so they could test them in the climates. I think these are drought resistant plants, that will use less water. They also had ferns and other green plants.

- Aydan

 

 

 

 

Thank you DRI...

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... for a great field trip!!

 

Heidi

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