UMass Bio 287 – Assignment A2 – Biomes & Climate Diagram

Bio 287 Intro EcologyFall 2016Assignment A2 – Biomes & Climate DiagramYou are part of a team of scientists studying a newly-discovered planet and it’s your job tocharacterize the biomes on this new planet. Yes, there’s life on this planet! The data from an unmannedprobe that has landed on two locations at various times are shown in two climate diagrams below.Your supervisor asks you to predict the biome one may find under these conditions at each location(‘Biome 1’ and ‘Biome 2’). Be sure to consider the patterns of both temperature and precipitation(average and seasonal variation) and their interaction (e.g. plants respond differently when it is warmand wet compared to warm and dry).You don’t know anything else about these locations (e.g. nothing about disturbances or soil quality),so you can base your predictions only on the climate diagrams from this new planet and on yourknowledge of Earth’s biomes. Include at which latitude one might find these biomes on Earth (e.g.tropical, temperate or polar latitudes, or you can give ranges of degrees such as around 30 degrees N/S).Points are awarded for your reasoning! Be sure to explain both the terrestrial biomes relevant to youranswer and how this relates to the climate diagram. Each biome is worth 5 pts.If you work with another studentTemperaturePrecipitationTemperature (ºC)70I expect you to find the climatediagram for Biome 1 easier tointerpret.503010-10JFMAMJJASOND1501301109070503010-10Precipitation (mm)Biome 1: Average annual temperature 13 ºCTotal annual precipitation 1,024 mmYour write up must be your own work.If you discuss the data with peers(which you are welcome to do),please list their name(s) on yourassignment.MonthBiome 2: Average annual temperature 12 ºCTotal annual precipitation 691 mmTemperatureTemperature (ºC)3580Precipitation70306025502040153010205100Precipitation (mm)40The climate diagram for Biome 2is more challenging and asks youto analyze and synthesize yourknowledge. Don’t worry if youdon’t find an identical match onEarth—use your knowledge topredict what you might find there.0JFMAMJJASONDFor anyone with excellent attention to detail: the precipitation axis should be exactly double of thetemperature axis but I couldn’t make Excel do this right. Similarly, there are no yellow or blue areas inthese two diagrams but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t sub-freezing temperatures or dry periods.

 

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