|Urbanization & Global Climate Change|
CSGCL scientists, with the cooperation of the Maryland Science Center and the Carrie Murray Nature Center, are studying the effects of global warming using plots located in downtown Baltimore, near the Baltimore beltway, and in Frederick. The project, started in March 2002, uses a natural transect of temperature and CO2 to evaluate
Prior to experimentation, soils at the research sites were excavated, mixed and replaced at each plot to eliminate the potential for variation. The study soil was placed on the top 1.0 meter and packed to its original density. Seeds were added to ensure representation of certain indigenous weeds.
The USDA site located next to theMaryland Science Center is a short walk from downtown
Climate data is collected year round.
By mid-summer, sunflowers and weeds at the Carey Murray site towered over our support technician. The shade cloth (gray) surrounding each plot is used to minimize the border effect ensuring all plants within each block will receive approximately equal amounts of light.
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