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    • Nuanced Regional Climate Exposure Assessment for National Parks 

      White, Cassidy; Holliday, Tay (2022-04-22)
      Climate-driven changes in water availability are impacting resources in national parks across the nation. Because the water balance provides relevant, actionable, and interpretable information to managers, the National Parks ...
    • The Business Travel Carbon Footprint: Spend-Based Measurement and Benchmarking Exercise 

      Quisel, Anna (2022-04-22)
      In the face of inadequate international governmental action to prevent climate change, many multinational companies have begun to measure and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Scope 1, 2, and, less commonly, Scope ...
    • Damming Uncertainty: Creating Accurate and Resilient Models for Inflow Forecasting 

      Culberson, Benjamin; Vanover, Abi; Xue, Keyang (2022-04-22)
      On the border between Paraguay and southern Brazil lies the Itaipu Binacional Dam, the world’s second largest hydroelectric dam. Both countries contributed to the construction of the dam, which began in 1971. The dam started ...
    • AN ANALYSIS OF GREEN HYDROGEN TO AMMONIA MARKET OPPORTUNITIES 

      Gulati, Akash (2022-04-22)
      Building off a previous internship with a large renewable energy company, this Masters Project analyzes the additional cost for conversion, transportation, and cracking of hydrogen to ammonia. Previous work for the client ...
    • Challenges and Opportunities for a Clean Energy Future: A Case Study in the Carolinas 

      Hooks, Mandy; Chen, Stefan; Bechler, Scott; Ma, Yiyan (2022-04-22)
      In the 2020 Integrated Resource Plans of Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas, the utility established a goal of reaching 70% greenhouse gas emissions reductions from 2005 levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality by ...
    • Financial Analysis of the Business Case for an Affordability Environmental Impact Bond 

      Braun, Amanda (2022-04-22)
      Public water utilities are challenged with maintaining affordable rate structures while facing increasingly strict regulatory requirements and rising operational, maintenance, and energy costs. Increased costs may be passed ...
    • Climate and Conservation: Site Prioritization in the North Carolina Coastal Plains 

      Gaffney, Michael (2022-04-22)
      Land trusts are typically focused on preserving land for the purposes of recreation, education, and biodiversity. Recently, however, many land trusts have begun to see their rationale extending beyond these traditional goals ...
    • The State Is Your Oyster: Cultivating Oyster Farming in North Carolina 

      Cohen, Laurel; Gadigian, Daniel; Lu, Helen (2022-04-22)
      Oyster mariculture is a growing industry in North Carolina that represents economic and environmental opportunities. The State has created laws and programs that encourage the development of smallholder farms; however, some ...
    • Community Flood Assessment for Bucksport, South Carolina 

      McLaughlin, Aislinn; Earnhardt, Rachel; Swit, Nadia; Murphy, Rebecca (2022-04-22)
      Bucksport, South Carolina has experienced recurring high-impact flood events in the past decade that threaten local property, public health, and cultural heritage. This report aims to support the resilience of the community ...
    • Participatory Planning: Addressing the Disconnect between Local and External Stakeholders 

      Almakky, Ahmad (2022-04-22)
      Participatory approaches are being increasingly utilized in conservation projects. The idea stems from critiques of previous practice being too exclusionary resulting in poor outcomes. A broad theme in these critiques relates ...
    • Reducing Waste in the Built Environment 

      Seyler, Meghan; Zou, Andy (2022-04-22)
      In 2018, the United States generated over 600 million tons of construction and demolition waste, fueled by increasing housing demand and a lack of viable recycling markets. This problem is acute in the Triangle, where 4,700 ...
    • Ecosystem Service Analysis of Duke Forest 

      Hayashi, Shouta; Horrigan, Eamon (2022-04-22)
      Our team was tasked with evaluating the quantitative and monetary value of ecosystem services offered by the Duke Forest. Our client, the Duke Forest, manages and actively harvests 7,100 acres of timberlands used for research, ...
    • RED WOLF CONSERVATION IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE 

      Drobes, Emily (2022-04-22)
      The critically endangered red wolf is the focus of a long-standing recovery effort. How climate change might affect it is unknown. Sea-level rise will greatly restrict its current habitat site. Several other threats pressure ...
    • Impact of Ecosystem Services Loss to Macroeconomic Productivity 

      Hermanson, Max; Chen, Mingyi; Vanasse, Sam; Wang, Yifan (2022-04-22)
      Ecosystem service losses pose an enormous threat not only to the environment, but also to businesses and society. The Duke student team helped its client, Ortec Finance, assess frameworks around ecosystem service losses ...
    • Virtual Reality and Its Application in Environmental Education 

      Zhou, Ziya (2022-04-22)
      This paper introduces the basis of virtual reality (VR), describes the benefits of applying virtual reality technology in environmental education, and presents a 360° VR product that focused on whales in Antarctica. According ...
    • Incorporating Environmental Equity into NC DEQ’s Regulatory Impact Analysis 

      Ahmed, Iqra; DeAngeli, Emma (2022-04-22)
      Incorporating Environmental Equity into NC DEQ’s Regulatory Impact Analysis is a project in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NC DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) Planning ...
    • Duke Health Sustainability Project 

      Craft, Jennifer; Jaffee, Natalia; Lundequam, Megan; Sauer, Rebecca (2022-04-22)
      The Duke Health Sustainability Masters Project focused on quantifying the environmental impact of the Duke University Health System (DUHS) and implementing sustainability initiatives to decarbonize and reduce waste within ...
    • Incentivizing methane capture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina 

      Warger, Brenda; Jamal, Adil (2022-04-22)
      Currently, the vast majority of manure lagoons on North Carolina hog farms are uncovered and emit substantial amounts of methane gas into the open air. In fact, of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, 11% are methane, with ...
    • City of Greenville, NC Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Emissions Reduction Plan 

      Rosenthal, Regan; Patchett, Maggie (2022-04-22)
      As we near the International Panel on Climate Change’s 2030 deadline to halve global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cities are being called upon to proactively manage the negative effects of urbanization. Greenville, North ...
    • Deforestation and Flooding in the Lower Roanoke River Basin 

      Zeng, Yingfan (2022-04-22)
      The large natural forest ecosystems in the Lower Roanoke River Basin, in northeast North Carolina, are home to numerous and diverse plant and animal species. However, these unique and precious forest ecosystems have been ...