At the end of January, the University of St Andrews teamed up, once again, with St Leonard’s High School in St Andrews to deliver a field trip for their International Baccalaureate students.
The CBESS team is once again returning to Warton Sands in Morecambe Bay to deliver the second Advanced Training Short Course funded by NERC; biodiversity and ecosystem assessment in the coastal margin (BESA)
The CBESS team met in York at the start of January for two days to discuss the best way to incorporate scale and context into our data analysis and how to best approach up-scaling biodiversity and ecosystem services and finally the creation of novel tools for Ecosystem Service Provisioning.
The terrestrial laser scanner, or TLS, represents the latest tool in remote sensing. With dimensions similar to that of a large suitcase, the TLS uses precise laser light to return a panoramic 3D point model of the surrounding landscape. The end scan is detailed (50,000 points per second), far ranging (with a range of 300 meters) and rapid (scans take less than 5 minutes).
A year has gone so quickly, it seems no time at all since we were busy sampling spiders and beetles with our inverted leaf blower and taking huge cores of intact saltmarsh sediment, complete with plant roots and shoots, to use in our shoreline erosion-resistance studies!
Over the winter months, the CBESS team has been busy finishing processing the vast amounts of data collected in the filed during the winter and summer field campaigns in 2013. I am very happy to report that we are nearly there! As reported in the Autumn up-date this is producing an increasingly complex data-set that will be explored in Theme 2 and 3: scale effects and context dependency on biodiversity and ecosystem service relationships.