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Climate Change in my Community: Climate Change in Iowa

Unlock climate stories of the past contained in trees!

Climate Change in Iowa, developed by NCSE Graduate Student Outreach Fellow Joe Jalinsky, encourages communities in Iowa to learn about the processes and consequences of climate change. Participants will examine the ring width of tree cores that were collected by an Iowa State professor in the 1980’s and use them to form hypotheses about the climate over time. By matching up tree cores from different sources of wood, both living and dead, participants learn how to reconstruct the climactic past of Iowa and develop a sense of how scientists can know about events that happened a long time ago.