Aim- To identify how vegetation changes with altitude along the red tarns
walking track in Mt. Cook/Aoraki. The Data we will record to show this is, temperature, wind speed, aspect, type of vegetation, elevation, average vegetation height, soil type, type of vegetation and relative humidity. All these factors will show the relationship between altitude and vegetation.
Task 1- Keep a reflective journal
We started by creating an aim in class before we departed to Mt.
Cook/Aoraki. This aim can be seen in the above paragraph.
- A positive of setting the aim before departing was that we knew what we were looking for before we got there so we did not waste time when collecting our results. This made our results more reliable because we did not have to change or alter our test half way through, because we knew what we were testing for.
- A negative of setting our aim before departing to Mt
Cook/Aoraki National Park was that we did not know what the conditions were like there this could of resulted in us having to change our aim if the conditions were bad. We could have prevented this by making our aim vague at first so we could adjust it if we had to.
We then drew up our tables and graphs in class with space for the 5 different altitudes that we would be testing at.
- A positive of us drawing our graphs before we were at the study area was that when we were getting our results we did not have to waste time drawing up our tables and graphs. This lead to our results being more reliable because we only had to concentrate on getting the results and not on drawing up the tables and graphs. It also made the time period of getting our results less, which also made our results more reliable because the factor of temporal change was reduced.
- A negative of drawing up our tables and graphs before leaving was that we might have had to get different data than we originally thought we were getting because of equipment or conditions etc. This would mean we would have to redraw our
tables and graphs when we were collecting our results. This would be a weakness in our data collection and it could of made our results be more effected by temporal change. We could have got rid of this weakness by making extra space at the bottom of the table for extra results this would mean we would not have to waste time drawing up a new table.
We then departed to Mt. Cook national park and took our results at 5 different altitudes as we reached them along the Red Tarns Walking track.
- A positive of this was that we
Make a plan and collect data
Aim- To identify how vegetation changes with altitude along the red tarns walking track in Mt. Cook/Aoraki. The Data we will record to show this is, temperature, wind speed, aspect, type of vegetation, elevation, average vegetation height, soil type, type of vegetation and relative
humidity. All these factors will show the relationship between altitude and vegetation.
The data that will be collected is, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, aspect, type of vegetation, soil type, elevation, LUX intensity, and average vegetation height. All the results from this data will help us to complete our aim.
We will be recording our data at 5 different altitudes along the Red Tarns walking track in the Mt. Cook/ Aoraki National Park. We will be using
GPS to record altitude, a kestrel for wind speed, temperature and relative humidity, a data logger to measure LUX intensity and a ruler to measure average vegetation height. Type of vegetation and soil will be measured by our own group observations.
The equipment that will be used in the