The wetland has started to grow as can be seen with the two elongated patches in the centre of the photo. Though not visible from the air, these patches are part of a greater submerged patch. The grass is high enough to stand above the water and makes the wetland harder to define from directly above. Scroll down for more detailed photos of the area of land underwater.
As I sit here to write this blog I am really wondering where the last few weeks have gone! We are now over two weeks back at school and the juggernaut of Scoil Íde is running again at full pelt with children settling into new routines, playing in new yards and of course getting down to work during the day. It's been great to see all the familiar faces - both children and colleagues - after the Summer break. I have thirty-two in my class which is called Heaney 6th (all our classrooms in the senior building of the school are named after famous poets) and at this stage I have them well briefed of our mission. We have certainly hit the ground running in the first fortnight:
The quality of the images never ceases to amaze me and this time was no different. Graham took multiple angles of the wetland area. Some examples below. For a fly-over video clip click here.
The weather has been mixed over the last four weeks. There have been some very wet days since school started back again with over 13mm falling on Friday 9th Sept. The children will remember it as a particularly wet day for 6th class P.E. (hockey & rugby).
Our wetland will only grow from here on as monthly rainfall averages increase from now until they peak in December / January and begin to decrease in February. We examined the data table below for patterns / anomalies during maths this week.
The yearly totals point towards a definite shift towards a wetter climate, but this was too short a view so we googled some other data. Found an interesting graph on the rank of hottest years. Warmer global temperature = wetter climate for Ireland. See below.
In the next few weeks we plan to carry out a few investigations in the wetland before it submerges any more.
Along with this we will continue to log the weekly rainfall and depth of the water. No doubt other opportunities for learning will present themselves in the meantime.
More to come in October!