Forest Watch: Students and Scientists Working Together Determining the Health of New England Forests

Complex Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire

Forest Watch is a student-scientist partnership and education outreach program to study white pine health in New England. Primary and secondary students collect and process data on air pollution damage to forests near their schools, which is used by University of New Hampshire researchers, and compared with spectral data. These are then compared to tropospheric ozone data, beginning from 1991. Data spreadsheets for the student to enter forest biometric data and spectral curves are provided, as well as EOS-Webster satellite imagery, and GPS, ALTA, and Topo-Map activities forms. The student activities include forest stand assessment, laboratory assessment of damage symptoms, and image processing and data analysis of Thematic Mapper data around their school. There is information on teacher workshops and a message board.

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Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Classroom Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Activities:Field Activity, Lab Activity
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Special Interest: Local Issue, Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Primary (K-2)
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Collect and interpret data