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Carbon Sequestration in Trees


As a high school or introductory undergraduate Ecology or Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences teacher, you can use this lesson plan to explain carbon content of trees, carbon sequestration, and their direct and indirect impact on climate mitigation and adaptation.

In this lesson plan, students will be introduced to the various methodologies used to calculate tree carbon density (TCD), biomass density, growing-stock volume density (GSVD), diameter at breast height (DBH), and tree height. The students will also learn indirect approaches to estimate biomass sampling using allometry and trigonometry. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in the Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn to measure and determine a tree’s diameter and height
  2. Learn to calculate a tree’s biomass and a tree’s carbon content.
  3. Learn about Biomass Expansion Factor (BEF), Above ground Biomass density (AGBD), and Below-ground Biomass density (BGBD)

Discuss carbon sequestration in trees and sequestration as a climate mitigation and adaptation strategy

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Abhishek Chandra (Department of Environmental Studies, Swami Shraddhanand College, University of Delhi, New Delhi), Dr. J. Dinakaran (Department of Botany, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi), and Dr. Kavita Singh (Mata Sundri College For Women, University of Delhi, New Delhi)

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