Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees

In this activity, students use a spreadsheet to calculate the net carbon sequestration in a set of trees; they will utilize an allometric approach based upon parameters measured on the individual trees. They determine the species of trees in the set, measure trunk diameter at a particular height, and use the spreadsheet to calculate carbon content of the tree using forestry research data.

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Robert S. Cole
Spreadsheets Across the Curruculum; Washington Center; Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Activity takes about a one-hour class period with subsequent homework or computer time.

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The PowerPoint slideshow carefully guides students through the development of a spreadsheet that determines the amount of carbon that is stored in a set of trees over the course of a year.

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