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June 16, 2017

Measuring Forest Biomass

Franklina Yeboah, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

SEA Semester

Franklina collects biomass data in the forest behind the Woods Hole Research Center.

My favorite day so far has been going into the field of Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth Massachusetts to get a close look and collect data on the biomass of the different types of trees at the back of the Woods Hole Research Center. The purpose of this field work was to measure and monitor the above-ground of biomass and also see how carbon affects climate change. We started the field work by dividing ourselves into four different groups. Each group was given a compass, measuring tape, flags and a diameter measuring tape. We set up a midpoint and then used the compass and the flags to measure our quadrants. The flags were used as a marker to tell us where our quadrant starts and ends so we would not cross the other groups. After the set up, we went ahead to measure each tree within our various quadrants with diameters from 5 cm and above. We also labeled each tree we measured by tying a tape around the tree and writing the name of our group and the number of the tree. During the measurement phase we also identified what type of tree we were measuring. After the first measurement with each of the four groups, we switched quadrants, took a different measurement of the specific trees with a tape around them, identified the tree type and also checked to see if the trees counted by the previous group were within the marked quadrants.

This was the most fun field work I have ever done, due to the fact that we got to work outside the classroom. We also had the opportunity to learn and apply what we have been studying in the classrooms in real life. I personally had to go out of my comfort zone of being afraid of snakes, ticks and caterpillars and went into the woods to study more about how biomass are being measured and monitored. Besides us going out to measure and monitor the biomass and also study about carbon cycling, the field work also gave us the chance as a group to get to interact and bond with each other as a team. Interning with the Partnership Education Program has been a great experience so far and I hope to brief you more later in the program.

- Franklina

Learn more about the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP).

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