Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model.
The project is called the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics, or NGEE-Tropics.Â Its goal is the development of a model that represents how tropical forests interact with Earthâ€™s climate in much greater ecological detail than ever before.Â This will help scientistsÂ explore, more accurately than is possible today, how rising temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, increasing greenhouse gasÂ levels, and other natural and human-induced changes affect tropical forestsâ€™ influence on Earthâ€™s climate.
Led byÂ DOEâ€™s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), theÂ effort includes collaborators from Oak Ridge, Brookhaven, Los Alamos, and Pacific Northwest national laboratories. The study also includes researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NASA, and several institutions from other nations. [Read more…]