Looking forward
Federal and private funding has supported the development of this unique research platform as it has grown from a single plot to a worldwide network of study sites during the last 30 years. The value of the resulting long-term data set is underscored by exponential growth in scientific publications by network researchers in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Extensive national and international capacity building continues to foster professional development and collaboration across the network. New tools and technologies broaden the scope and increase the accuracy of data collection. For example LIDAR, an airborne remote sensing technique has made it possible to rapidly and accurately assess the amount and distribution of carbon in both primary and secondary
forest sites. DNA Barcoding quickly and precisely identifies species.

The public has participated in SIGEO experiments (Citizen Science) as part of the HSBC-supported Climate Partnership with the Earthwatch Institute.

Through inter-agency partnerships with the U.S. National Science Foundation,  NEON, and LTER programs as well as support from in-country partners around the world, SIGEO has become not only a remarkable tool for basic science research but is now having a major impact on both society and commerce as the growing human population makes its mark on the planet.

The History of SIGEO Forests and The Environment Forest Dynamics
Forest biologists from 21 countries and 75 partner institutions share the same passion to understand forest dynamics. One of the key roles played by the SIGEO network is to define, quantify and analyze the benefits to human society that... The network provides answers to scientific questions about forests that were impossible to address at isolated sites.