The Summer School brought together 25 or so NERC-funded early career scientists (Postdocs and PhD students) from across the broad area of GHG research (land, atmospheres, oceans), for a week of demos, tutorials, lectures and practical sessions to showcase @NERCScience across land, ocean and atmosphere. We were showing the students how we can use terrestrial laser scanning to estimate above ground biomass, and forest structure and function, in the Sitka plantations at Harwood, alongside FR colleagues, Mike Perks, James Morison et al. The sun shone for at least one day, we got some scan data (see below) and it's another environment to try out our TLS methods (slightly less challenging logistically than Brazil, and slightly more homogeneous. Slightly). It was a bit of blast from the past for me, having worked there a fair bit as a NERC Postdoc myself during the old NERC Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics. It was good to be back in such a lovely landscape; the Cheviot Hills and surroundings really are a stunning and remote, wild landscape. I took my bike with me and went out for a couple of lovely spins through the hills, rabbit-related injuries notwithstanding (honestly: a rabbit ran through my bicycle front wheel, throwing me over the bars and leaving me with fractured clavicle, 2 chipped vertebrae and numerous other painful contusions. Pesky wabbit - RIP).
|View from the bike: Coquetdale, early morning.|
|Looking along the stand at Harwood towards the flux tower.|
|Andy scanning from the road, with the 35-40 year aged stand we are measuring to the right.|
|Sunshine! And a well-earned lunch break for the summer school gang.|
|Oblique view of scanned plot, with the individual trees pulled out and coloured by height up to max of ~30m.|
|Looking down on the canopy showing the crowns, again coloured by height. The trees are very similar in height and so the general trend of higher to lower (red to green) from left to right is a function of the underlying topography.|