Today (12 June): Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign Webinar “Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest"
On Wednesday, 12 June, the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign webinar “Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest – Live from Congaree National Park,” will be held at 2:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. UTC).
Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to 1,000 years old. The park is also home to the National Park Service Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center, which facilitates research and scholarship related to forest ecology, environmental history, and more. During the webinar, Dr. David Shelley, Center Director, will highlight some key findings, unanswered questions, and park management challenges – as well as a few personal lessons from the forest.
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, click here.
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office