Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) SMD Approved Unit Plan "Blue Carbon: Bringing Field Research and ArcGIS Mapping to the High School Classroom"
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Blue Carbon: Bringing Field Research and ArcGIS Mapping to the High School Classroom is a comprehensive unit plan for students in grades 9-12 that provides students with background information on the importance of salt marshes as ecosystems by studying blue carbon, the carbon that is stored largely in sediment linked to coastal waters. Students design an experiment to probe for depth at a local saltmarsh or tidal freshwater marsh and utilize ArcGIS to map local wetlands, compare and contrast wetland loss over time, and calculate carbon storage of the local wetland.
To learn more about the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI), please visit: https://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/ccri/
This unit was developed by Carol Wang-Mondaca, a high school teacher currently under the mentorship of GISS scientist Dr. Dorothy Peteet.