Hi, My name is Ms. Price. Join me as I go to Churchill Canada to study Climate change.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Data Collection in the Plantation!

A day off for workers in America. However we are busy at work in the Canadian north! We started off with clarification of recording our data collection in Excel. Whorls, laterals, Apical terminals (a new rap song beginning?) leading to the BIG QUESTION…

Why are we doing this?

Here is Twitter version of an answer:

The tree line will shift farther north as the climate changes. We are gathering data on seedlings to note test results if trees can survive on the Arctic tundra.

We loaded up with our rain gear, boots and tools and headed back to the plantation to continue the seedling sampling we started yesterday.

Polygonal Peat Plateaus to the right and ponds to the left…on to pursuing the prolific perfect plantation performances despite precipitation.

This time around you could hear “Good, another dead one!” as the teams ventured down the rows on hands, knees and even one blow up knee pad. A light sprinkle ensued just as we were all ready for a warm lunch and we headed back into Carley’s van for our luncheon date. An hour and 15 minutes later as the rain started coming down even harder we gathered umbrellas and headed out to finish the seedling sampling. In teams of three we measured live and dead height, and counted the number of whorls, length of terminals and laterals, if the tree had any terminal buds to indicate growth for next year and finally noted the quality of the needles and any other relevant comments. We ended this task by gathering some data points on our GPS and double checking a few of other groups initial findings (quality control in the field!).

Dr. Kershaw was spending the time problem solving and fixing a weather station that had been down since May and met us back in the classroom. We spent the rest of the afternoon consolidating our data and pictures, checking to make sure they made sense and labeling was consistent.

An evening lecture and discussion on Permafrost ended a great day! Please view the video below for a "Live in the Field" interview!


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At September 7, 2009 at 7:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kathy - Christy here! Totally digging the blog! I just posted the link on a blog I am running at San Juan College, and I encouraged my students to start corresponding with you. Is it super cold there? I always imagined it would be totally frozen...

At September 8, 2009 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Kathy Price said...

Hi Christy! Yesterday was cold here, and rainy and windy. They have about 2-3 months of no snow, but it can freeze anytime of the year. It's suppose to be warmer today (23C) but then they say the bugs come out (black flies called bombers and mosquitos)...we head out today to take core samples of the permafrost. Already we know that global warming is not an IF, but rather a WHEN and HOW MUCH that we are dealing with that will impact human culture...rather daunting. Take care! Kathy

At September 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Kelsey said...

Kelsey here - Great to hear from you. We will keep watching your findings. Be careful!

At September 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Price, My names is Amanda Jones I am going here and read your blog and loved it. I was reading on the blog on angel at San Juan College within the group of edge. And my advisor Christy posted your infomation on there. Which was great I heard you were doing this and thought i would follow you.So far what I have read is great ! Goodluck !


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