Food and the Future Environment

Capstone Project Stage 2 Assignment


Capstone Project Stage 2 Assignment

Water, soils, and crops

(Modules 4-6)

The diagram below summarizes the topics you will explore in Stage 2 for your assigned region. In Stage 2 of the capstone, you will engage in spatial thinking and geographic facility to interpret spatial data (for example annual precipitation, evapotranspiration and soils data) and interpret how multiple regional factors contribute to determining which crops are produced in your region.

Capstone Stage 2 Diagram, see text description in link below
Capstone Stage 2
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Capstone Stage 2 (water, soils, and crops): How do water and soils influence regional crops?
  • Describe precipitation and water resources
  • Assess water pollution
  • Describe soil types
  • Describe soil impacts
  • Describe regional crops
  • Discuss relationship between crops, soils, and climate

What to do for Stage 2?

  • Download and complete the Capstone Project State 2 Worksheet that contains a table summarizing the data you’ll need to collect to complete this stage. Remember, you need to think deeply about each response and write responses that reflect the depth of your thought as informed by your research.
  • Add relevant visual figures (i.e. maps, tables, graphics, diagrams) to your PowerPoint.
  • Add questions and continue to research the questions in your worksheets.
  • Continue building a CHNS diagram to illustrate the connections between the natural system and the human food systems of the region. You may decide that you need multiple diagrams.

Capstone Project Overview: Where do you stand?

At this stage, you should have started to investigate your assigned region and have added information, maps, and data to your worksheets and PowerPoint file for Stages 1 and 2.

Upon completion of stage 2, you should have at this point:

  1. Continued research and data compilation in the Stages 1 and 2 tables in the associated Stages 1 and 2 worksheets.
    • Stage 1: Regional food setting, history of regional food systems, diet/nutrition
    • Stage 2: Water resources, soils, and crops
  2. Added to your powerpoint file containing the data that you are collecting about the food system of your assigned region. Information you may have:
    • Labeled map of your region
    • Soil map of your region
    • Precipitation and temperature map of your region
    • Major crops and crop families grown in your region
  3. Continued to record citations for all references and resources you are using in your research. This is a critical step. Every figure, map, piece of data, and bit of information you collect from the web, a book, a person, a journal or any other source must be attributed to the source.
  4. Added to your list of questions you have about your region related to key course topics and initiated significant efforts to answer.
  5. Revised your CHNS diagram and/or create a new one incorporating topics from Modules 4, 5, and 6.