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Land Cover and Microclimate on Käsmu Peninsula, Estonia

Student(s):Tuuli Hanson, Anti Tohva, Helin Maria Unt, Joosep Trolla, Ketrin Poolma, Sabina Fraňková, Migle Juozaityte, Vilte Mockeviciute, Titas Smetona, Polina Petrusenko, Polina Yegorova, Hugo Pucelj, Tian Vesel, Roosi Ahas, Hanna Tali
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Educator(s):Marie Johanna Univer
Contributors:Johanna Raudsepp Laura Altin
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Air Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Clouds, Relative Humidity, Surface Temperature, Biometry (including Tree Height), Land Cover Classification
Presentation Poster: View Document
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Date Submitted:03/07/2023
Our study focused on land cover in Käsmu peninsula, located in the north coast of Estonia in Lahemaa National Park. We wanted to find out what kinds of land covers can be found along the way and whether Käsmu peninsula is a homogenous site regarding MUC code and land cover or not. In addition, we were interested in how different kinds of vegetation alter the temperature change along the journey and how does the temperature/humidity change related to the elevation and land cover (e.g. peatland VS sandy pine forest; developed VS natural sites). In our expedition on August 3rd 2022, we investigated two study areas (sized 30 times 30 meters) that were at two different spots. First site was located in a sparse pine forest, on dry sandy soil, under the pine trees and covered with blueberries. Second spot was on a humid peatland, which was covered with peat moss and marsh Labrador tea (Rhododendron tomentosum). We used different methods to examine tree heights, temperature, humidity and other figures. Work was divided between the expedition team members. In conclusion, we were not too surprised with the results as the areas examined were not very far away from each other and differences in land covering plants was not major. We hope that our data will be useful to other people such as locals for knowing their area better and scientists to get a better and more precise overview of Käsmu peninsula. Keywords: peatland, pine forest, MUC 0192, MUC 62, temperature, humidity