EarthLabs > Climate and the Biosphere > Lab 1: Climate, Weather, and Trees

Climate, Weather, and Trees

Introduction


New England, a region located in the northeastern corner of the United States, is well-known for gently rolling hills and mountains, small stone walls ringing green meadows, and beautiful deciduous forests, which are a result of the unique climate of the region. An iconic tree in the region's forests is the Sugar Maple, known for both its beautiful fall foliage and delicious maple syrup. If you were in another region of the country, such as Montana, the forests would look very different, in large part because Montana has very different climatic conditions.

In this opening lab, you will become familiar with weather by recording observations about the weather conditions and the plants in your own schoolyard or neighborhood. After this introduction, you will begin a case study investigation to explore climate's impact on trees. In this case study, you will learn about the weather and climate of New England, and Vermont in particular. You will also learn more about the Sugar Maple tree as you observe short- and long-term trends in climate and consider the relationship between climate and the production of maple syrup, an important agricultural product loved by millions.

After completing this investigation, you should be able to:

Keeping Track of What You Learn

In these pages, you'll find three kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which questions you should answer and turn in.

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