Leading researchers from around the world will meet in March at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama to discuss the first outputs from a global research program supported by the HSBC Climate Partnership1 to study the impact of climate change on the world's forests.
The conference, 'Taking Stock', co-hosted by STRI and the Earthwatch Institute, marks the mid-point of a five-year partnership which employs a unique participatory 'citizen science' model: HSBC employees are working alongside scientists to collect data from five distinct forest sites around the world (US, UK, Brazil, China, India).
At the conference researchers will describe findings that will directly contribute to the global understanding of forest ecosystems and the management of watersheds to quantify the environmental serviceslike water provision, carbon storage, and biodiversity maintenancethat tropical forests provide. The research is built on protocols that have been in place for more than 30 years and the latest analytical and technological advances.
WHEN: Media Day on March 1
WHO: Speakers from Earthwatch Institute, STRI, HSBC, Oxford University and more for full event program visit http://www.stri.org/
WHERE: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Earl S. Tupper Research and Conference Center, Panama City, Panama
Since the launch of the HSBC Climate Partnership in 2007, over 900 HSBC 'climate champions' have worked alongside experts from Earthwatch, STRI and local research partners, at forest plots around the world. This contribution is equiva
|Contact: Beth King|
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute