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TeaComposition H2O

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Presented By Blue Carbon Lab
Goal Measure the decomposition of tea bags in wetlands
Task Weigh, bury then collect tea bags over a 2-3 year period
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Blue Carbon Lab has launched a global initiative - TeaComposition H2O - to help the world understand the role of wetlands in carbon sequestration. To do this, we are buring Lipton Green and Rooibos teas for 2-3 years to study their carbon decomposition rates! Our aim is to identify the aquatic ecosystems (seagrass, saltmarsh, mangrove, inland wetlands, swamps etc) that have a greater potential to store (or sequester) carbon as shown through slower tea decomposition. Those ecosystems may be better at helping mitigate climate change. For the sake of logistics and fieldwork safety, we hope to have citizen scientist groups help coordinate and assist citizen scientists in this project worldwide.

How to Join
Contact Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett for more details on the project requirements and sign-up.

Project Timing Sign-up End 31 March 2017. Northern Hemisphere: Start dates to deploy tea bags are May-June 2017 Southern Hemisphere: Start dates to deploy tea bags are November-December 2017
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Materials List Scale/balance that goes to 3-4 decimals, Shovel to pierce sediment/soil and help bury tea bags 10-15 cm, Plastic bags and a sharpie to mark and store bags before burial, Oven to dry tea at 50-60C after cleaning (after retrieval), Small paper bags to store dried tea, Stakes or flags to mark the area you've buried the bags
Special Skills No special skills are needed, except having access to a 'micro' scale/balance
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a hike
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and Publications
Tags blue carbon, carbon climate change data, carbon sequestration, decomposition, greenhouse gas, soil, tea bags, wetlands
Project Updated 05/23/2018