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Land cover measurements and biodiversity in Vabaduse puiestik, Tartu, Estonia

Student(s):Tilen Burja (Slovenia) Vid Felicijan (Slovenia) Luka Komatar (Slovenia) Laura Javoršek (Slovenia) Erik Lindgren (Estonia) Kätrin Kaunimäe (Estonia) Marit Lõbu (Estonia) Anti Tohva (Estonia) Roomet Tapfer (Estonia) Marianna Lili Aly (Estonia) Milena Saan (Estonia) Kateryna Ternova (Ukraine) Oleksiy Ternovoy (Ukraine)
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher:Marie Johanna Univer^^^Johanna Raudsepp^^^Laura Altin
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Biometry (including Tree Height), Land Cover Classification
Presentation Poster: View Document
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Date Submitted:03/05/2024
Our study focused on land cover in Vabaduse puiestik, a city park in the downtown of Tartu in southern Estonia. The goal was to analyze and characterize our study area, which included determining its MUC classification, measuring the extent of the canopy cover, measuring the height of trees, and listing the different plant, fungus and animal species inhabiting the area. The results would then be submitted via the GLOBE observer app. Our findings could also be compared with other similar environments in the city of Tartu. On the course of our expedition on 8th of August, our team of 11 people analyzed a 30 by 30 meter area in Vabaduse puiestik. Our group worked on the site for a total of 5 hours, each person being assigned a different task. Analyzing the area was rather easy, since the city landscape was easy to cover. In conclusion, Vabaduse puiestik could be described as diverse compared to other city parks. 35 different plant species were found, in addition to 4 fungus and 8 animal species. In comparison, 11 out of 15 observed city parks in Portland, Oregon have a smaller amount of plant species (Talal and Santelmann, 2019).