Experiment to expose temperate forest to elevated CO2 levels for 10 years

By on August 1, 2014
Bald Eagle State Forest in Pennsylvania (Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, via Flickr)

Bald Eagle State Forest in Pennsylvania (Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, via Flickr)


In a first-of-its-kind experiment, scientists from the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research are exposing a mature, temperate forest to predicted future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, New Scientist reported.

The Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment, also known as FACE, will help researchers better understand the long-term effects of carbon dioxide on woodland environments. Using biomedical technology, genomic analysis and a host of sensors, the researchers will study a forest under the conditions expected at the end of the 21st century.

The experiment is set to run for 10 years, but could be expanded if the findings are significant.

Image: Bald Eagle State Forest in Pennsylvania (Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, via Flickr)

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