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New facility expected to clarify ecosystem responses to climate change
Date:2/5/2010

ecosystem processes depend on shifts in species interactions and composition?

Will full below-ground warming release unexpected amounts of carbon dioxide and methane from high-carbon-content northern forests?

To what degree will changes in plant physiology under elevated carbon dioxide impact a species' sensitivity to climate or competitive capacity within the community?

Will ecosystem services such as biogeochemical, hydrological or societal be compromised or enhanced by atmospheric and climatic change?

In preparation for the proposed research, a team from ORNL and the Forest Service will conduct the appropriate National Environmental Policy Act reviews to meet federal guidelines and inform the public about the nature of the experiment.

"We anticipate that the completed SPRUCE experimental facility will be a focus area for science conducted by investigators from the DOE national laboratories, Forest Service and independent universities," Hanson said.


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Contact: Ron Walli
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865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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