The Effect of Temperature on the Growth of Canopy Cover
Organization(s):West Haven High School
Student(s):Briana Grillo and Syeda Mahbub
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
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The Cove River is a 7km river located just 1.4 miles from West Haven, CT. It originates in New Haven's Maltby Lakes and empties into the Long Island Sound. It is well known for having historic significance to the city of West Haven and has been a busy research area. The river is mostly narrow, and its banks are filled with tall trees, Phragmitis, Japanese knot weed and other wild flowers. For the GLOBE project, we investigated the effects of temperature from September through March' 12 to show the diverse impact of changing temperature on plant life cycle. The purpose of this project was to examine if the early summer and high temperatures of this year triggered the early growth of foliage, which is consequently linked with other forms of life. Vernier sensors and probes were used to measure data once a month over the 7 months.
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