Climate change in data, at the Virgen de la Vega Benavente school

The analysis of the climogram carried out from more than 500,000 data, collected by the meteorological station of the Virgen de la Vega school of Benavente for two decades, reveals a tendency to increase the temperature and decrease in precipitation, and confirm values ​​typical of an arid climate.”

One of the most probable effects associated with climate change is the prolonged drought that we have been suffering for monthsaffects both the amount of water available and its quality”, they explain from the Benaventano school where they intend to “raise awareness among our students about climate change and its consequences, with the activities that stimulate the celebration of Science Week 2022” , they explain from school.

Data collected during the activities carried out in La Vega.

The Departments of Science, Technology, Biology and Geology are involved in these activities.

Among the initiatives carried out, the installation of a storm tank in the greenhousea system that stores rainwater collected by the roof and gutters of the greenhouse, “which allows hundreds of liters of water to be collected and stored throughout the year that would otherwise be wasted by drains, it is reused to irrigate the orchard, avoiding unnecessary waste of drinking water”.

Student of the Virgen de la Vega school during the activities.

The activities within the framework of Science Week are carried out in a multidisciplinary environment, with 4th ESO students taking the lead from the Laboratory area. The Technology 1st ESO students are responsible for designing a drip irrigation system with recycled materials. In the design and construction process, they assume the responsibility of reusing and reducing water consumption.

4th ESO students took samples of the precipitation water collected by the rain gauge at the weather station in recent days. In the Physics and Chemistry laboratory, temperature and the amount of carbon dioxide, acidity level or pH were measured, a parameter that characterizes acid rain, and that determines the quality of the water in our rivers, reservoirs and lakes; they condition the diversity of aquatic life in our rivers, lakes and reservoirs; alters terrestrial ecosystems; It is the cause of deforestation of forests and soil degradation.

In the biology lab, students analyze water samples collected by the rain gauge and the storm tank, looking for the presence of spores and particles carried by the rain, product of air pollution.

The rainwater analyzed from the rain gauge samples has a low pH, of an acidic nature, due to the presence of carbon dioxide, at levels that can be considered normal. The water collected by the rain tank has a high pH and a high concentration of dissolved solids, a consequence of the haze episodes of special incidence in recent months.

In the Biology laboratory, the presence of filamentous algae in the rain gauge sample, not present on other occasions and proliferating due to the unusually high temperatures this autumn.

Climate change in data, at the Virgen de la Vega Benavente school