The Winds Above, the Flowers Below: How the Jet Stream Influences Changing Seasonal Cues and Plant Growth
Environmental conservation encompasses a wide range of concerns, from preventing epidemics to establishing sustainable water sources, from animal conservation to predicting climate change. In this series four Carson scholars will examine how genomics, entomology, photovoltaics, and citizen science can be used to address the wide breadth of environmental challenges that our world faces today.
High-speed winds eight miles above our heads correspond with plant growth on the ground. Plants are beginning their growing season earlier, but at different rates across the United States. I explore how these rates of plant growth can be explained by changes in atmospheric circulations, and how they are connected with growth across the globe. I use tree-ring records, citizen science, satellite data, and computer models to hone in on historic and future interactions between regional climate and the global carbon cycle. Help us track changes in plant growth by becoming a citizen scientist and recording the big events of your own backyard plants!