Rainfall collection

This topic submitted by Ali Stout, Becky Gordon, Catherine Johnson, Natalie Geiszler, and Erin Reschke at 10:24 pm on 9/26/00. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Section: Smith

We plan to observe the daily rainfall over the majority of the semester. We wish to compare our method of collecting rain in a simple man-made rain gauge to that of Hayes-Cummins' electronic gauge. We will place four identical gauges in a number of locations (high-density canopy, low-density canopy, open field, and rooftop) to compare the effects of the environment on the amount of rain received by the soil. To collect the rain we will construct a gauge that consists of; graduated cylinder, funnel, and two liter plastic bottle. Our hypothesis is that the electronic rain gauge will be a more effective method for measuring proven by the T-test and the high canopy environment will collect the least amount of rain on average. For our class presentation we will have the class take the daily measurement of our rain gauges and relate it to our findings.

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