Millions of measurements of water quality have been made in the Bay. These data reside in a publicly accessible database (cd3.sfei. org). We have learned a lot from these data but not all of the data have been analyzed. The purpose of this contest is to explore the data and gain new insights.
Submissions will be due at the end of January 2020 with winners announced in March.
You are a public health official in the Bay Area and you need data on where and which fish caught from San Francisco Bay are less safe to eat for public outreach efforts, and identify possible ways to reduce fish contamination in the future.
High School students address both questions in Group 1.
University students select 1 question from Group 1 and 1 question from Group 2.
Group 1 Questions for High School and University Students:
- Which fish species are of greatest or least concern to eat?
- Where are fish caught from SF Bay most and least contaminated?
Group 2 Questions for University Students Only:
Is there any relationship/correlation between fish tissue PCB or mercury concentration and...
- Year or type of year (e.g., continual decrease or increase, relationships to individual or series of wet or dry water years)?
- Concentrations of those contaminants in water or sediment within certain distances for different species?
- Concentrations of other chemicals in fish tissue?
- Characteristics of the sites where they were caught (e.g., depth of water, temperature, distance from shore, etc.)?
- Characteristics of nearby watersheds or shorelines (e.g., population density, watershed imperviousness, age of development, brownfields/cleanup actions, recent or historical land use)?
- Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) fish advisories (https://oehha.ca.gov/fish/advisories)
- The Pulse of the Bay reports (www.sfei.org/programs/pulse-bay)
- Alternate data sources may include ABAG or other land use maps, DWR dayflow records, DTSC cleanup action maps, NOAA precipitation records, etc.
Sign me up! What do I need to do?
- Dive into the data (cd3.sfei.org, and optionally include other sources)
- Analyze patterns and relationships in the data
- Create a one-page static or interactive graphic (e.g., single or set of images, web page, animated graph, video, etc.) that answers each question and includes explanatory captions
- Write an abstract/summary that describes the methods used and important findings for each question
- This can be an interpretative summary that is up to one-page (400 words) and describes the problem statement, methods used, findings, and the implications of the findings.
- One-page static or interactive graphic (e.g., single or set of images, web page, animated graph, video, etc.)
- Up to one-page (400 words) interpretative summary/abstract that describes the problem statement, methods used, findings, and the implications of the findings.
email submissions to [email protected]
High School: 1st Place — $500, 2nd Place — $250
University: 1st Place — $750, 2nd Place — $250
- Contestants must be high school or university students
- Submissions must include data accessed through CD3 (cd3.sfei.org) and include data from the San Francisco Bay
- SFEI staff cannot participate
Submittals will be scored based on the following criteria:
- Quality of graphic or analysis – Does the graphic tell the story in a creative and clear way?
- Quality of summary/abstract – Does the narrative describe the problem statement, methods used, results, and why the findings are important?
- Scope of data used – Does the graphic include data from more than one analyte, geographic region, year, species, or test material?
SUBMISSIONS DUE 1/31/2020, WITH WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2020
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