Canopy research

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– Objects
– Study of plant and animal species in tree-summits, particularly in ancient and tropical forests.
Research on forest ecosystem dynamics, change drivers, and factors shaping forest systems.
– Collection of meteorological data to measure forest canopies’ impact on global climate change.
– Model calibration for estimating carbon absorption/release by forest canopies.
– Determination of trees’ role in offsetting carbon emissions contributing to global warming.

– Chief discoveries
– Majority of animal and plant species in tropical rainforests inhabit upper levels of large trees.
– Tropical forests need sufficient area for microclimate development and mammal habitats.
– Young forests store ten times more carbon dioxide than mature forests.
– Overcoming barriers in canopy research with climbing gear, tree houses, and canopy walkways.
– Effective access methods like cranes, airships, and inflatable platforms for canopy research.

– See also
– Canopy (biology)
– Leaf Area Index
– Pioneers in canopy research like Nalini Nadkarni and Margaret D. Lowman.
– Notable figures in canopy ecology like Stephen C. Sillett.
– Werner Herzog’s documentary “The White Diamond” on canopy research.

– References

– External links
– Global Canopy Programme
– Canopy Database Project
– Canopy Research by Earthwatch Institute
– Dendronautics
– Resources on canopy science and research techniques.

Canopy research (Wikipedia)

Canopy research is the field of scientific research based upon data collected in the canopy of trees.

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