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By Abyed Chowdhury This summer I undertook an 8 week Research Experience Placement in the School of Earth and Environment. I was contributing to the i-Tree Leeds project by working out the economic value of the trees in St. George’s Field, located in the north side of the University of Leeds campus. St. George’s Field…
During the Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation, pupils counted, identified and measured the trees in and around their school grounds. Using these pieces of information, the pupils were able to estimate the amount of carbon stored in their trees and how much they are helping to tackle climate change. Over 6,000 trees were counted during the…
By Suzie Robinson I was working with Cat Scott on my 4 week summer research placement- BBC Terrific Scientific: woodland resources and UK schools. My project involved analysing the data collected by children in their primary schools all across the UK during the BBC scheme in May. I used i-Tree (a software that provides urban…
Scientists from the School of Geography are involved in a study that finds at least 9% more forest cover across the globe than was previously assumed. By using very high resolution satellite imagery available through Google Earth, they found an additional 467 million hectares of forest in the world’s drylands – arid areas that cover…
This May, primary school children around the UK will be leaving their classrooms behind to explore the trees in and around their school grounds, as part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation. Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with investigations on Time, Taste, Water, Trees and Forces taking place throughout the…
This May, primary school children around the UK will have the opportunity to take part in the BBC’s Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation. For every school that takes part, LEAF’s charitable partner the United Bank of Carbon, have arranged for a tree to be planted in tropical Africa as part of Terrific Tropical Trees! Developed in…
We are currently advertising two paid opportunities for undergraduate students from the Faculty of Environment to work with us over the summer break. First or second year students in the School of Earth and Environment have the opportunity to apply for a Research Experience Placement (REP) with LEAF during summer 2017. In collaboration with the…
By Hannah Roberts (@hannah_eroberts) – University of Leeds Spending time outdoors in green spaces is beneficial for our physical and mental health and well-being. Research shows green space can encourage physical activity, improve air quality, reduce stress and facilitate social interaction within the local community. Understanding what can be done to encourage people to use…
In a new study, LEAF scientists use the isotopes present in tree rings to examine rainfall across the Amazon basin. Developing a good understanding of past climate is vital when trying to interpret ongoing, and predict future, climate changes. This can be challenging in regions such as Amazonia where weather station data are particularly limited….
LEAF are teaming up with the BBC, the United Bank of Carbon, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, a new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about science. Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes. Instead of lab coats and…