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Shumate Middle School / ICESat-2 - Tree Height Comparisons

Organization(s):Shumate Middle School
Student(s):Lilyannah Dunigan Thomas Hamilton Brady Jaskula
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Educator(s):Jeff Bouwman
Contributors:Brian Campbell
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Biometry (including Tree Height)
Presentation Poster: View Document
Date Submitted:04/09/2019
Shumate Science - ICESat-2 Team
This research study was conducted by Shumate Middle School students Lilyannah Dunigan (Sixth Grade), Thomas Hamilton (Eighth Grade), and Brady Jaskula (Seventh Grade). Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) is located in Gibraltar, Michigan (United States of America). For this project, we chose to measure the tree height of various trees found on the Shumate Middle School campus. Our goal was to compare our average tree height measurements to the tree height measurements taken by NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite. Our hypothesis for this project is we believe that the our tree height measurements will be close to the tree height measurements taken by the ICESat-2 satellite, and vary by no more than 1 meter in length. We collected tree height data from September 2018 through March 2019. All data was uploaded to the GLOBE Program’s website, and shared with various scientists from around the world. However, our group was not able to compare our average tree height measurements to that of the ICESat-2 satellite as the ICESat-2 data was not readily available at the time of this report. Please enjoy the tree height measurements taken by our research team.