CTFS – ForestGEO ECOSYSTEMS & CLIMATE INITIATIVE
Forests play important roles in climate regulation. Global change pressures—including climate change, deforestation, pollution, hunting, and the spread of invasive species—are affecting forests worldwide. Such changes threaten biodiversity and may exacerbate climate change. Understanding and predicting how forests are changing provides critical support for biodiversity conservation and climate protection.
CTFS - ForestGEO is the world's only forest monitoring network making standardized measurements in all the world's major forest biomes and is strategically poised for monitoring, understanding, and predicting forest responses to global change. The CTFS - ForestGEO Ecosystems and Climate Initiative, led by Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, seeks to understand how global change is altering forests around the world and how changes to forest ecosystems will either mitigate or exacerbate climate change.
See recent news release: If Trees Could Talk: Forest Research Network Reveals Global Change Effect
ECOSYSTEMS & CLIMATE RESEARCH ACROSS THE CTFS – ForestGEO NETWORK
Research relevant to ecosystems and climate occurs across the CTFS - ForestGEO network. For example core census data is used to quantify carbon stocks and to calibrate and validate remote sensing and models. Supplementary measurements of ecosystem and environmental variables include major aboveground carbon stocks and fluxes (aboveground biomass, standing dead wood and coarse woody debris, ANPPwood, litterfall, net ecosystem exchange); soil nutrients, carbon, and fine root biomass; bio-micrometeorology, and meteorology.
Recent highlights can be viewed here.
RESEARCH IN THE CTFS – ForestGEO ECOSYSTEMS & CLIMATE LAB
The CTFS - ForestGEO Ecosystems & Climate Research Lab is based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Virginia, USA. Research in this lab focuses on linking forest dynamics to ecosystem-climate interactions, understanding forest responses to disturbances such as droughts and fires, and valuing forests for climate protection. A summary of current research projects in the CTFS - ForestGEO Ecosystems & Climate Lab can be viewed here.