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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

January Term Undergraduate Class Offered at Harvard Forest

This winter, a new January Term course will be offered at Harvard Forest: Reading the New England Landscape: Conservation and human impacts on the past, present, and future. This highly interdisciplinary and hands-on course will explore modern-day connections between humans and the natural environment through the lens of long-term landscape change. Inquiry will focus on the historical and archival records and ongoing, long-term experiments of the Harvard Forest, Harvard's center for ecology and conservation in Petersham, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Renewable Energy at Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest has recently received a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to undergo a feasibility study over the next 12 to 18 months that will consider the potential for one wind turbine on four possible sites. The study will evaluate environmental impacts and wind availability using Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) equipment, which employs sound waves to remotely measure wind speed. Other research projects at the Forest have been using SODAR to measure wind speed since 2002.