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Science Lecture Series: Stormwater Trees at McArthur Island
June 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Science Lecture Series at BIG Little Science Centre for older children and adults.
“Green infrastructure” sounds like a great idea, and it makes complete sense to harness ecosystem processes within cities to keep our water, land, and air cleaner. Many approaches are based on assumptions, though, including the assumption that isolated urban trees funnel rainfall similarly to forest trees. Stemflow is the portion of rain reaching the base of the tree, and we discovered that it is NOT safe to assume this process is similar! In this talk, we will describe how we asked and answered some very tricky questions about tree traits and stemflow, and how our findings relate to other studies. And most importantly, we’ll highlight implications for choosing tree species and designing landscapes that can absorb stemflow…a valuable resource when it’s managed correctly!
Julie Taylor Schooling, has long had an interest in the integration of stormwater management and landscape features. This project was the basis of her Masters thesis at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
Darryl Carlyle-Moses, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at TRU, and supervised Julie and team.
Free entry. Reception included. Doors open at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7:00pm.