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Mapping for Climate Change

This field study encourages students to investigate the vegetation in a lowland heathland habitat and to use a GPS unit to map habitat fragments. Students could also make management decisions, deciding where to place habitat corridors to help prepare for the possible effects of climate change.

Four activities are suggested depending on the time available and suitability of the site:
• Orienteering with a GPS unit.
• Investigating heathland vegetation using quadrats to compare the relative abundance of heather and grass species.
• Mapping a heathland fragment using a GPS unit.
• Deciding where to locate a habitat corridor to connect two heathland fragments.

Curriculum links include:
[b]Science:[/b] ecology, quadrats/sampling, how science works, climate change, interdependence, biodiversity.
[b]Geography:[/b] ecosystems, human impact on the environment, climate change, GPS, GIS, mapping, managing change/land use, sustainability, biodiversity.

This resource pack was written by Edward Tripp, Dr Amy Rogers and Dr Lauren Gough (OPAL East Midlands, University of Nottingham).

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