|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||
|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|
|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|
|Average Time||Several hours|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a hike|
|Tags||blue carbon, carbon climate change data, carbon sequestration, decomposition, greenhouse gas, soil, tea bags, wetlands|
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