Start Taking Measurements - Trees around the GLOBE
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Yes, it's that simple. You can start collecting today. Below is a listing of protocol measurements that align directly to the campaign.
Along with tree height measurements, the campaign will focus on using multiple data collection protocols to complement the tree height measurements. It is recommended that students measure tree height with other protocol measurements, in order to allow for a more complete look into why trees play such an important role in our ecosystem.
Baseline Protocols (Used to establish the location environmental conditions at a study site)
The objective of taking these protocol measurements is to allow for students to have multiple data layers to allow for inter-comparison of data that is relevant to measuring and understanding tree height and to know what is happening in their local environment.
The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is leveraging all the great things many of the other GLOBE campaigns are doing. These campaigns include the European Phenology Campaign (focusing on Green Up, Green Down, and identification of trees and vegetation), Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Campaign (focusing on surface temperatures in urban areas), and GLOBE Mission Mosquito (focusing on mosquito habitats, tree holes, and eradicating these potentially dangerous insects carrying vector-borne disease). There are many parallel GLOBE protocol measurements and observations the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will highlight.
When measurements and observations are taken in a specific location, it is vital to know as many environmental variables as possible, so that you can better understand your local environment.
For instance, if you are taking a tree height observation of a tree in your backyard, it is important to know what else is going on around that tree, environmentally. When taking the tree height, you can observe and take measurements of the land cover, surface temperature, observable mosquito habitats, air temperature, soil moisture and characterization, precipitation, and others that you can measure with GLOBE Program protocols.
How can your measurements and observations benefit science and multiple GLOBE campaigns?
European Phenology Campaign
- Campaign Website: https://www.globe.gov/web/european-phenology-campaign
- What are we asking you to observe and measure? Greenings (Green Up and Green Down) and Tree Identification
- What are we asking you to do? When you take a tree height measurement or observation, please take Greenings - Green Up or Green Down (depending on the season) and if possible, identify the genus and species of the tree you are observing. Learn about the Green Up and Green Down Protocols.
- Why are we asking you to do this? Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) measurements help scientists validate satellite estimates of the beginning of the plant growing season in a particular location and by identifying the genus and species of a tree, you can add to the knowledge of global tree distribution.
- *IMPORTANT NOTE: You do not need to be in Europe to take these observations. The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is all around the globe and we would love for you to take these measurements wherever you are.
Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Campaign
- Campaign Website: https://www.globe.gov/web/surface-temperature-field-campaign
What are we asking you to observe and measure? Urban tree (shaded and non-shaded) surface temperature measurements
What are we asking you to do? When you take a tree height measurement or observation, please take a surface temperature measurement in 1.) the shaded surface under the tree being observed; and 2.) the non-shaded area just outside the shaded area of the tree being observed. Learn about the Surface Temperature Protocol.
Why are we asking you to do this? Trees play a big role in keeping our towns and cities cool and the right amount of tree cover can lower summer daytime temperatures in areas shaded by trees.
GLOBE Mission Mosquito
- Campaign Website: https://www.globe.gov/web/mission-mosquito/overview
What are we asking you to observe and measure? Mosquito habitats and tree holes
- What are we asking you to do? When you take a tree height measurement or observation and you notice a tree hole (a tree hole is a hole in a tree that can have standing water inside it and be a potential mosquito habitat) in the tree you are observing, please take a Mosquito Habitat Observation. Learn about the Mosquito Habitat Protocol.
- Why are we asking you to do this? Tree holes can contain stagnant water that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying potentially deadly diseases like Zika, Dengue, Malaria, among others.