How does elevation affect surface temperature?

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
Protocols:Surface Temperature
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Date Submitted:03/29/2019

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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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Hello! Thank you for sharing your project. I have two questions:
1) How did you decide which schools to include in your study?
2) What types of weather measurements do you think are most likely to influence surface temperature?

-Sarah Bogen (USA)

Posted on 5/2/19 9:02 PM.