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UMBC Challenge: 3D Mapping of Trees

UMBC Challenge:

Trees store carbon, helping fight climate change caused by our emissions of carbon to the atmosphere.  By mapping the heights of trees and measuring tree diameters, it is possible to determine how much carbon is in the trees of a specific area.  Students will use aerial photography by balloons or kites to make a 3D map of the trees in their school or neighborhood, and to measure tree diameters. Using these measurements students will estimate the carbon storage of the trees in their school or neighborhood.

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An optional lesson to support challenge implementation during the instructional day may be found in the download box.


Enduring Understanding

  • Matter and energy cycle through earth’s systems.
  • The matter cycles of Earth can be affected by human activity.


Essential Questions

  1. How does matter flow through the environment?
  2. How does human activity affect the environment?


Students will be able to:

  1. discuss the role of photosynthesis and respiration in the carbon cycle.
  2. evaluate the impact of human activity on the carbon cycle and atmospheric carbon.
  3. discuss the importance of carbon sequestration.
  4. describe one or more possible methods for sequestering carbon.

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