The growth rate of tropical trees relates to their capacity for carbon capture. South American forests are likely to capture carbon and produce wood half as fast again as their counterparts in Asia, but the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon remain unclear. Banin et al. compared the rates of above-ground woody biomass production of trees in permanent forest plots within northwest…
Community ecology seeks to untangle structural patterns and underlying biological mechanisms across time and space. Though developed for studies above ground, community ecology provides an equally relevant framework for looking at the below ground world, a realm that’s now understood to store and cycle most of Earth’s organic carbon.
Biologists increasingly realize that understanding the impact of global change on biological processes requires accounting for fine-grain environmental variability (Potter, Arthur Woods, & Pincebourde, 2013). Similarly, climatologists have found that increasing the resolution of climate models typically produces better simulations of climate and precipitation…
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences’ Professor Peter Raymond was lead author on “Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Inland Waters”, published in Nature. An ecosystem ecologist,” Raymond tracks carbon, the element most closely associated with life, as it makes its way between living
Radley Horton from Columbia University Earth Institute will speak on climate projections for New York City. The $20 billion Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan for New York is grounded upon climate risk information provided by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This expert panel, tasked with advising the City on climate-related issues, completed a ‘rapid response’ climate assessment with updated climate projections.
Pearson and colleagues (2013) recently showed how the expansion of shrubs and trees in the Arctic could promote even further warming through a series of positive feedbacks. Their modeling study that estimates the future composition and distribution of vegetation across the Arctic indicated shrubs and trees could expand by as much as 50% over current levels by 2050.