Presenter Information

Nicholas BeatyFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

carbon dioxide, forest, mitigation

Biography

Nicholas Beaty, originally from St. Marys, West Virginia, is a senior working towards his Bachelor's of Science in the Geography program with an emphasis in Meteorology. After finishing his undergraduate program, Nicholas plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in Weather Forecasting. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys listening to music, playing sports (especially soccer) with his friends, and learning new languages.

Major

Geography, B.S.

Advisor for this project

Dr. Jonathan Kozar

Start Date

19-4-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

19-4-2019 4:45 PM

Abstract

Climate change has become a controversial topic on a global scale and has been subject to many debates of how to combat the rising carbon dioxide levels that many argue is causing the Earth’s global temperature to increase. A proposed solution to lower carbon dioxide levels lays right at our feet, as the presence of trees have been acknowledged to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in forested areas. Carbon dioxide mitigation has been a natural response from Earth to lower the carbon dioxide levels by trees being able to absorb the carbon dioxide around them, the effect being amplified more in areas with more forest cover compared to the rest of Earth. With forest cover increasing in areas including countries in the European Union, these areas could provide the knowledge to prove these claims true or false using statistical analyses. By taking yearly data from the EU, from 1990 through 2014, this research project tested these claims, with correlation results indicating an inverse relationship between forest cover and carbon dioxide levels.

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Apr 19th, 3:30 PM Apr 19th, 4:45 PM

Does Forest Area within Countries Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Levels?

Climate change has become a controversial topic on a global scale and has been subject to many debates of how to combat the rising carbon dioxide levels that many argue is causing the Earth’s global temperature to increase. A proposed solution to lower carbon dioxide levels lays right at our feet, as the presence of trees have been acknowledged to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in forested areas. Carbon dioxide mitigation has been a natural response from Earth to lower the carbon dioxide levels by trees being able to absorb the carbon dioxide around them, the effect being amplified more in areas with more forest cover compared to the rest of Earth. With forest cover increasing in areas including countries in the European Union, these areas could provide the knowledge to prove these claims true or false using statistical analyses. By taking yearly data from the EU, from 1990 through 2014, this research project tested these claims, with correlation results indicating an inverse relationship between forest cover and carbon dioxide levels.