Current knowledge about plant health and its relationship with soil biodiversity is at best rudimentary, at the Park and elsewhere, and this limits our understanding of why particular plants and ecosystems do not thrive and are unlikely to be resilient to hotter, drier conditions.
We have been approached by arborist, Matthew Daniels, CEO of Global Urban Forest, to conduct a study of tree health at the Park using newly developed devices that can measure the health of both plants and soil. The evidence will be built on Tree Health Calculator – an open source data platform allowing analysis which can be used by arborists and revegetation groups such as ours to manage the environment with quantifiable and holistic rules and principles.
Measurements will be taken on MultiSpeQ devices and recorded in real time by citizen scientists (us) on smart phones. This is the first project of this sort in Australia and part of global collaborative photosynthesis platform developed by Michigan State University – see here.
If you would like to be part of this exciting work, come along to the initial workshop where the process will be explained by Matthew followed by practical demonstrations in the Park.
When: 11am-3pm Sunday 27th August 2017
Where: Port Education Centre, 343-383 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne
What’s provided: parking and lunch