Dr. Tracy Fanara, aka Inspector Planet, is a passionate environmental engineer and research scientist working to extend humanity’s time on earth. In her current role, Tracy is the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), developing systems in pursuit of a Unified Earth Systems model to answer big questions such as biodiversity, climate change impacts and hurricane tracking.
Join Inspector Planet Dr. Tracy Fanara as she investigates what happened to cause this mass devastation.
The natural water cycle allows rainfall to infiltrate into the ground being treated by physical (sand, soil, gravel, etc.), biological (microbial and plant uptake), and chemical (adsorption and absorption) processes. The natural water cycle allow groundwater tables to be recharged, and when water reaches water bodies, aquifers or drinking water sources, it does not pose threat to wildlife and human health. Urbanization and industry have changed the natural water cycle by not allowing water to infiltrate, but instead runoff to natural water bodies through pipe networks, picking up man-made and natural chemicals (from cars, lawns, agriculture, and industry) and waste along the way. The result could be devastating when toxic microscopic phytoplankton take over water bodies.
The SciFest All Access virtual expo – a program of the USA Science & Engineering Festival – took place online September 26 through October 31, 2020. SciFest featured engaging STEM activities and performances that celebrate the excitement of STEM for K-12 students, college students, educators, and families.