Week 5 FAQ
Yes, there will be a different field work activity assigned each week. Check the weekly course instructions to find out more.
To add any missing files, go through submission process again and upload any that weren’t included the first time.
There are a wide variety of areas where environmental impacts are considered. One example is when putting up wind turbines for alternative sources of energy, you need to consider the migratory patterns of birds and bats. There are many studies being done to determine the impact wind turbines have on these habitats and the ecosystem around them.
Using a background is often the best way to get a good picture. This can be your field notebook or a piece of cardboard, whatever you have with you that provides a solid background.
This separates it from other plants, leaves, or anything else that could obscure what you’re taking a picture of.
For any sort of high vegetation cover, carefully run a string across the area to do a line transect. If you come across this scenario and want to get it done there, it can help to have a second person with you. If you’re on your own you can use two shovels to elevate the string off the vegetation but you’ll have to use a plumb bob to weigh down the center of the line.
In any quadrant over 1m you’re better off averaging samples.
Take a look at this example from the course manual:
If you’re getting close to 50% coverage, or more, it can help to look at how much sky you can see or how much ground you can see, then work backwards from there to get the amount of coverage.
When averaging make sure that you not only average the overall area but also the individual plants because they may look like they take up more room than they actually do.
Keep in mind that averaging is an estimation. Get as close as you can, practice with pictures to hone your estimation ability, but know that it isn’t an exact science. There is no equation to follow to calculate coverage.