Science Project:

Microclimates

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Introduction

A climate is the average weather pattern and environmental conditions in a region. Within climates are smaller areas of differing conditions. These are referred to as microclimates. Microclimates play a role determining what plant and animal life will be present.

Research Questions

  • What creates a microclimate?
  • How do microclimates determine the plant or animal life present?

Terms to Know

  • Climate
  • Microclimate

Materials

  • Thermometer
  • Stopwatch

Experimental Procedure

  1. Choose 4 locations
    1. Two locations inside your home
    2. Two locations outside your home
  2. At each location place a thermometer for five minutes. After five minutes read the thermometer and record the temperature. Also make note of the general characteristics of the location. Place all data in Table 1.
  3. Consider the following:
    1. Was there a significant difference between temperatures of the indoor locations?
    2. Was there a significant difference between temperatures of the outdoor locations?
    3. Of the outdoor locations, was there a significant difference between the plants you found in each location?

    Table 1

    Location Name
    Temperature
    Plant Life Present
    General Description
    1
    2
    3
    4

Bibliography

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-microclimate.htm

http://searchwarp.com/swa370069.htm

Author: Angela Pike
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