Shumate Middle School - Three Year Volumetric Soil Moisture Study

Organization(s):Shumate Middle School
Student(s):Dylan Davis Bradley Eves Reegan Stec
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Jeff Bouwman
Contributors:Brian Campbell
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Soil Moisture - SMAP Block Pattern
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Date Submitted:03/27/2019
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This research study was conducted by Shumate Middle School students Dylan Davis (Sixth Grade), Bradley Eves (Sixth Grade), and Reegan Stec (Eighth Grade). Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) is located in Gibraltar, Michigan (United States of America). For this project, we chose to study volumetric soil moisture, and compare it to measurements taken at the same study site over the course of three years. The data used in this study was collected from September 2016 through March 2019. All data is broken up into three school year periods to make for easier analysis. For our hypothesis, we believed that the 2018 - 2019 average volumetric soil moisture would not vary more than 0.10 ml per ml from 2017 - 2018 school year’s average volumetric soil moisture value. Our data revealed that our hypothesis was correct. We also compared our results to the volumetric soil moisture data collected by students at III. Osnovna Skola Varaždin school in Varaždin, Croatia. To say the least, we were very surprised by the variations in the volumetric soil moisture measurements when analyzed over a three year period.


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