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The Past, Present, and Future of a Forest: Linking Tree Rings to Carbon Monitoring
March 29, 11:30 AM
Forests sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing it in wood. Northern hardwood forests are an important sink for anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). These forests can be used as a tool to mitigate CO2 emissions and their effect on our climate. To maximize carbon storage, we must understand how events impact the capacity, stability, and vulnerability of the sink. In this talk April Chiriboga, biology lab instructor, will describe her work that links the long record of growth contained in tree rings to modern, indirect measures of carbon uptake such as satellite and flux tower monitoring.
Lunch at 11:30, lecture at noon. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.