Picture Posts will allow students to track climate change

By Georgia Sparling | Oct 19, 2016

Mattapoisett — Old Rochester Regional High School will soon have a Picture Post. The post has a platform where anyone can place a phone, take a panorama of photos and then upload them to the Picture Post website.

ORR teacher Lynn Connor brought the proposal to the ORR School Committee on Thursday night. Connor has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and Weather Ready Mattapoisett, a storm preparedness initiative, on the posts and she said they would be used to track changes in the climate and seasons.

“Classes could look at the first day of the leaf bud of the season to five years, ten years and twenty years from now,” Connor said. “We can track changes in our environment starting from the day it’s installed until whenever.”

The Picture Post will be one of two in town. The other will be at Eel Pond at the end of Reservation Road, where Connor takes her biology students each year.

The EPA is paying for both posts.

At ORR, the post will be between the track and football field.

Connor said she will be the gatekeeper of photos taken by students at the ORR location and will upload them to the Picture Post website where they can be used by scientists and others interested in tracking changes.

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