How will rising temperatures change tropical forests?
June 11, 2012
Last week’s Temperature Symposium organized by Klaus Winter brought new voices to an ongoing discussion at STRI about how rising global temperatures affect tropical forests
Last week’s Temperature Symposium organized by Klaus Winter brought new voices to an ongoing discussion at STRI about how rising global temperatures affect tropical forests. With a sizeable audience of staff, fellows and students, speakers kicked around ideas about molecular, chemical and physiological processes and discussed temperature responses in greenhouse and growth chamber experiments and in full-blown forests.
This week, Jefferson Hall, who directs STRI’s Panama Canal watershed experiment and staff scientist Joe Wright attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment-Tropics workshop. Hall is on the organizing committee, which is conceptualizing a longterm manipulative ecosystem experiment to improve predictive models of tropical forests response to global change.
“Klaus’s symposium provided excellent background,” said Hall. “The results of his CO2 Symposium last year also fed directly into this workshop, where Lucas Cernusak, who was a post-doc in Klaus’ lab from 2005-2007, gave the keynote on the state of knowledge about CO2 effects on tropical forests.”