Maple Syrup Sap Flow

This interactive shows the impact of a changing climate on maple syrup sap production. Students can explore the changes in production under two different emissions scenarios.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Interactive could be used as a motivating context for introducing a unit on emissions and climate change.

Students can collect data through interactive and create a data table that displays comparisons among all locations.

Have students find the temperature differences at each site given both low and high emission scenarios.

Very location-specific but could be made relevant elsewhere by (a) bringing prices into it, or (b) talking about local syrup production and how climate change might affect it (e.g. in upper Midwest).

Sap flow/run changes are one of several issues we experience with climate change, this could be useful as a starting example to promote exploration of others.

Instructor may want to use this to further explore economic or biological impacts of climate change on sap flow (why does this matter; how else does climate affect the tree?).

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