Science in the forests of New Hampshire

Science has always been an important part of a strong and forward thinking society. There’s downsides to some scientific advancements but most of that downside comes from not having a good enough understanding of long term impacts. Or from just not enough understanding. I’ve been fortunate to shoot some still and video at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest right here in New Hampshire. The experiments range from whole watershed studies to the effects of ice storms on bats.

I hear many people screaming at the current administration when it deletes climate change information on the government website but this disregard for science has been growing stronger for some time now.  42% of Americans believe in creationism, in other words god created the world about 10,000 years ago (Gallup) and that number has been roughly static since the 80’s. Despite the massive amount of information, data, science, fossils, rocks, etc that clearly show differently.

Why? What is the disconnect between science I and many others see as facts and common knowledge? My brief excursions into the world of science and research show me that researchers, scientists, physicists and their lot would much rather dig into the work, the data collection, the rigors of science than showing their results and conclusions to the public. That is where part of the problem sits. Let’s start correcting that, let’s get out and start promoting good science and research like the NFL promotes the Superbowl.

Wow, that was a bit of a tangent, but a worthwhile side-trip to take. So here are a couple of links to the latest press coverage of the Ice storm experiment that I was involved in last week.

http://www.ledgertranscript.com/Bobcat-s-Tail-Want-to-study-ice-storms-Create-your-own-7592112

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4154860/Instead-chasing-storms-ice-researchers-create-own.html

If you or someone you know wants to connect with the researchers at Hubbard Brook let me know, if you want to look at more images of the experiment let me know and get a folder of images to you.

Joe

 

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