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What is LETS?

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This slide show was presented by Dan Patton to the ECIS conference in Copenhagen, 18 November 2016.

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What is LETS?

  1. 1. What is LETS? -or- One School’s Experiment in Citizen Science
  2. 2. LETS stands for Local Environmental Transect Survey Local -- takes place locally Environmental -- examines an environmental gradient Transect -- records species along a line Survey -- generates maps
  3. 3. LETS is a Climate Change Study
  4. 4. The Rhone Glacier Rhone Glacier in 1870 Rhone Glacier recently
  5. 5. LETS Examines Climate Change Through the Lens of Forest Ecology
  6. 6. Biomes Exist Close Together
  7. 7. LETS Required Planning and Organization
  8. 8. Tasks had to be outlined and assigned
  9. 9. Plant guides had to be created to reflect local forest.
  10. 10. Sites had to be identified and marked. Protocols had to be developed
  11. 11. Developed Protocols for Study
  12. 12. Many materials were custom made.
  13. 13. LETS Benefits From Student Training and Curriculum Integration
  14. 14. LETS Day Involves the Whole School (to date > 400 students and > 30 teachers have participated)
  15. 15. LETS Results in Authentic Science!
  16. 16. This graph shows how as elevation increases, so does the number of coniferous trees, while the opposite is true for deciduous trees.
  17. 17. The three most common species were Norway Spruce, European Beech, and Silver Fir.
  18. 18. Many different species of tree were observed, but some were far more common than others.
  19. 19. Over 600 trees spanning a change in altitude of more than 1200 metres were mapped and measured.
  20. 20. LETS Data is Presented
  21. 21. The Data is Entered, Analyzed, and Visualized
  22. 22. First ECSA Conference 2016 LAS Student Work is Featured!
  23. 23. Students Reflect on LETS
  24. 24. “Climate change is a big issue and Leysin, being a town on top of a mountain, can be very affected by it. Recording the data can help us know, for example, that if there are not many trees we have to place some protection for avalanches. I liked talking to the college students because that gave me knowledge of why climate change is a real issue that affects all of us directly. It was harder than I imagined. It was far away, cold, and I fell a couple of times because the mountain was very steep. Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed it.” - Ana Lucia Moreno Portoni (RIFP)
  25. 25. What’s next for LETS
  26. 26. What is iNaturalist?
  27. 27. iNaturalist Observations
  28. 28. iNaturalist Observations
  29. 29. iNaturalist Observations
  30. 30. iNaturalist Observations

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