Temperature Measurement in environmental studies fieldwork
Collating temperature gradients is an important aspect of environmental fieldwork as different fauna and flora exist in different temperature zones and these can fluctuate within quite small areas as objects like rivers, trees, stones and fields influence both the very local and the more general temperature patterns. So the general rule of linear decreasing temperature with height is impacted on by these effects leading to impacts on the immediate environment.
Objectives of this scenario:
Results of the learning scenario
A diagram drawn in situ recording the date (using Paper 53)
The diagram clearly shows that the temperature is increasing from the top of the hill to the bottom; this is caused by the effect of the vegetation (trees). The final zone the cold river water impacts in the bottom of the valley bring with it a lower temperature reading.
Using the temperature
How could this scenario be extended?
If more than one group do the measurement the data become more valid and deviations from the linear curve due to the vegetation can be worked in more detail by taking a greater number of recordings.
The height differences could be measured much more precisely with an appropriate sensor. For example the app phyphox. ?? (check)
If more time can be spend at the location the temperature changes during a day could be recorded and analysed, using a spreadsheet on mobile devices and sharing the data.
In this case additional discussions about wind effects could be included in the scenario. Using for example the app vaavud-windmesser (check)
Jon Hoem, WNU Bergen, Norway