Problem: Water, Water Everywhere
Fresh water is the limiting constraint for development in much of the United States.
Devise an effective, feasible, and cost-efficient national water strategy for 2010 to meet
the projected needs of the United States in 2025. In particular, address storage and
movement, de-salinization, and conservation as some of the possible components of your
strategy. Consider economic, physical, cultural, and environmental effects. Provide a
position paper for the United States Congress outlining your approach, its costs, and why
it is the best choice for the nation.
Problem: Tsunami ("Wipe Out!")
Recent events have reminded us about the devastating effects of distant or underwater
earthquakes. Build a model that compares the devastation of various-sized earthquakes
and their resulting Tsunamis on the following cities: San Francisco, CA; Hilo, HI; New
Orleans, LA; Charleston, SC; New York, NY; Boston, MA; and any city of your choice.
Prepare an article for the local newspaper that explains what you discovered in your
model about one of these cities.