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Forests and Climate Change
A Global Investigation

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Forests and Climate Change
A Global Investigation

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Los Bosques y el Cambio Climático
Una Investigación Global

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Florestas e Mundança Clima
Uma Investigação Global

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HSBC and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

HSBC's $8 million donation to STRI enables CTFS to expand its forest research into the temperate zone, study forest carbon fluxes, and determine the relationship between forests and water. Stephen Green, HSBC Group Chairman, and others describe STRI's important scientific role in the HSBC Climate Partnership. 

In the Rainforest with CTFS Director Stuart Davies

In this video clip courtesy of Annenberg Media, CTFS Director Stuart Davies leads a visit to the rainforest of Barro Colorado Island, Panama, to discuss the complexities and wonders of tropical forest ecosystems. This clip is the introduction to the Ecosystems Unit 4 in Annenberg Media’s series The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science. If you would like to view the entire unit on ecosystems and hear more of what Stuart has to say, please visit www.learner.org. There you will have free access to all 13 videos in the series, as well as lots of supplementary material.
Reference Points for Climate Change Research

In this video clip courtesy of Smithsonian Spotlight, Biff Bermingham, STRI Director, describes how the forest research plots that make up the Center for Tropical Forest Science form excellent reference points for studying the effects of climate change.

Long-Term Research on Forest Change

In this clip from Smithsonian Spotlight, Biff Bermingham discusses the importance of long-term studies for understanding forest change and describes the CTFS methods that were pioneered on Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

 

CTFS plots were originally established to study community dynamics, says Biff Bermingham on Smithsonian Spotlight, but they are also useful for measuring forest carbon. Dr. Bermingham describes how trees remove carbon from the atmosphere and turn it into physical mass and tree girth.

Forest Research to Detect the Impacts of Climate Change

How do you determine whether observed changes in forests can be attributed to climate? Biff Bermingham says in this Smithsonian Spotlight clip that doing so requires studying many forests spread across multiple geographic regions and monitoring them for long periods.

HSBC Climate Partnership            

Biff Bermingham tells in this clip from Smithsonian Spotlight how support from HSBC enhances the CTFS network’s ability to investigate small-scale forest responses to climate change.

Forests and Global Warming

To study the effects of global warming on forests, researchers need reference points. In this Smithsonian Spotlight clip, STRI Director Biff Bermingham describes CTFS plots as brilliant reference points for studying forest change and its causes.

The Importance of Long-Term Research

If scientists want to understand forest dynamics and the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the services that forests provide, they must study them over long periods. Only long-term investigation, says Biff Bermingham on Smithsonian Spotlight, can illuminate something as complex and dynamic as the interaction between forests and climate.

Mapping America's Giant Trees in Yosemite National Park

The BBC's Peter Bowes visits Yosemite National Park to  talk to Jim Lutz of the University of Washington and film researchers establishing this new temperate addition to the CTFS plot network.

Wanang Conservation

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This video, made by Tobias McElheny of the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, offers a glimpse of the Wanang, Papua New Guinea research site. CTFS Director Stuart Davies, joined by Bill Rothery of John Swire & Sons, George Wieblen of the University of Minnesota, and Filip Damen of the Wanang Village speak about the choice villagers made to conserve rather than log their forest, the importance of the Smithsonian’s research initiatives, and the critical support of their corporate funders, John Swire & Sons and the Steamships Trading Co.

Forests and Climate Change
A Global Investigation
HSBC and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
In the Rainforest with CTFS Director Stuart Davies
Reference Points for Climate Change Research
Long-Term Research on Forest Change
Forests and Global Warming
The Importance of Long-Term Research
Mapping America's Giant Trees in Yosemite National Park
Wanang Conservation