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Measuring fuel (carbon) storage on forest floors.

Trees at the Shale Hills CZO.
Trees at the Shale Hills CZO.
The overall goal is to measure how much fuel lies on local forest floors while getting an introduction to Critical Zone Science by observing interactions between the geosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.

Grades 9 - 12

Educational Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • record, analyze and interpret data
  • create a spreadsheet
  • develop graphic analysis skills

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NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter - Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data | Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2 - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Observatory: Shale Hills CZO

Author(s): Mark Yeckley (2014 CZO RET)


Funding: Financial support from NSF EAR #1263212: REU/RET Site: Collaborative Research: Introducing Critical Zone Observatory Science to Students and Teachers