How does elevation affect surface temperature?
Organization(s):Main Street Intermediate School
Student(s):Brynn Prack Brook Elizabeth Heyman Kayli Bergman
Grade Level:Upper Primary (grades 3-5, ages 8-11)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Marcy Burns
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report, Mission Earth Report
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Our school has been measuring surface temperature during the month of December each year since 2006. We thought it would be interesting to compare surface temperature data taken at schools at different elevations. We found 8 schools in addition to our school that collected data at the same time. We thought the schools at the higher elevations would have colder surface temperature and the lower elevations would show warmer surface temperatures. We learned from the data that, for the most part, that our hypothesis was correct. However, the data also suggests that other things may also affect the data. More research needs to be done to find out how air temperature, distance from the equator, and landforms might also affect surface temperature data.
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