Going Further

Variations

More Help with the isee Player and Modeling

Download iseePlayer_tutorial.zip (Zip Archive 8.2MB Jan5 09). Unzip the file. Be sure to keep all associated files and folders in the folder with the name iseePlayer_tutorial.

This interactive tutorial uses a basic model to help you and your students become familiar with using Stella models in the isee Player. While it is not necessary to walk through the tutorial, it is highly recommended. The tutorial is also a great resource to direct students to if they are doing model investigations on their own.

Alternatively, you may wish to download the file: isee-tutorial-GLOBECC.ppt (PowerPoint 1.2MB Dec19 08), which uses the biomass model to demonstrate isee player capabilities. This tutorial is a PowerPoint presentation, which can be printed and distributed to students.

Other Carbon Storage Activities

The activity presented here is part of a larger set of activities created by the GLOBE Carbon Cycle team which looks at the carbon cycle in terrestrial ecosystems.

Activities already developed include:

  • Using a model driven by climate variables (temperature and precipitation) to look at net primary productivity, biomass, and carbon storage in global biomes.
  • Measuring carbon storage in your school yard through field data collection and analysis.
  • Performing plant experiments to understand biomass and carbon storage at the smallest scale.
To learn more about the GLOBE Carbon Cycle Project or view and download materials visit the GLOBE carbon Cycle website.

There are also many other ways to use the forest service carbon data.
One activity you might consider is the comparison of carbon uptake by the forests in your state to carbon emissions by your state. Do your emissions balance your uptake? To do this you will need:
  1. The original FIA Carbon Summaries Excel file StateForestCarbonSummaries.xls (Excel 638kB Dec19 08)
  2. EPA State CO2 Emissions by Fossil Fuel Combustion State and Local Climate and Energy Program
  3. The atomic weight of carbon and carbon dioxide (CO2)
Another dataset from the U.S. FIA is the age of forests by state. Remember that the younger a forest is, the greater its capacity to take up carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the tree.
ForestAge_RPA.xls (Excel 1.4MB Dec19 08)

Other Resources

See also Exploring Forest Extent, Composition and C Storage using US Forest Inventory and Analysis Data and Reports.

Case Studies with Tool

Other EET chapters that contain related material include the following:

Visalizing Carbon PathwaysUse NASA's Earth Observatory, global map collection, NASA NEO and ImageJ to build several animations of satellite data that illustrate carbon pathways through the Earth system.

Using Satellite Images to Understand Earth's AtmosphereUse ImageJ to create an animation showing the change in monthly concentration of aerosols over the course of a year and compare it to a similar animation showing change in carbon monoxide concentration.

Shrinking Forest - Growing ProblemUse time-series Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images to create a color composite image showing the oldest to most recently deforested areas in the Amazon rainforest.


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