Track a Tree – Citizen Science

14 03 2014

Four key features of Track a Tree make the project unique:

  1. It follows individual trees. This means we can find out how much trees are able to adjust their phenology from year to year as climate conditions vary. Scientists call this flexibility phenotypic plasticity.
  2. It follows randomly selected trees in woodland. This provide a range of dates when different species reach budburst or come into leaf, rather than just the very first events that happen in woodlands. Knowing how these dates vary within a location is important for understanding interactions between species.
  3. It follows interacting species. By observing the flowering of plants beneath individual trees, we can see whether these ground flora species are able to shift their phenology to keep up with changes in the timing of shading under climate change.
  4. It follows woodland communities. Through recording the phenology of UK woodland communities, we can find out how seasonal timing varies across some of our most important habitats.

Track a Tree will provide insights into the seasonal timing of woodland species, and how future changes in climate may affect the interactions between trees and flowering plants.

An opportunity for some of or a whole FS group to get to know the trees within their FS environment a little better and improve ID and data collection skills whilst contributing to national data record

For more information visit  http://trackatree.bio.ed.ac.uk/

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