Today (07 May): Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign Webinar “Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force – Live from New York”
On Tuesday, 07 May, the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign webinar “Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force – Live from New York,” will be held at 2:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 UTC).
Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York, USA, have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years. They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species in New York continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, and the Invasive Strike Force Team have been working to understand these impacts on trees and potentially eradicate these invasive species.
To register for the upcoming webinars and to receive emails about future webinars, click here. All the webinars can be joined at https://zoom.us/j/7578241037. (If you have missed previous webinars, click here.)
The Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign
The Trees Around the GLOBE campaign is working in conjunction with NASA’s ICESat-2. ICESat-2 is using lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice, forests, lakes and more – including the changing ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. The satellite is also measuring tree heights across Earth's temperate and tropical regions, and take stock of the vegetation in forests worldwide.
The campaign is focusing on one exciting variable that the ICESat-2 satellite is measuring: tree height. The campaign is creating an organized community of students who take tree height measurements; compare these measurements to established NASA programs; research tree height data from other GLOBE schools and countries; and take supplemental protocol measurements. Participants will be able to compare their tree height data to the tree height data from ICESat-2. In addition, scientists from the ICESat-2 mission will periodically review the tree height data. This data will allow scientists to use it as satellite data validation and in potential professional research.
To learn more about the Trees Around the GLOBE, including how to start taking measurements, how to retrieve relevant data, how to view ICESat-2 Satellite data, and how to connect to the campaign community, click here.
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office