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Smithsonian announces Global Forest Carbon Research Initiative
Date:3/3/2008

requency are expected to shift as wellalso with unknown impacts on forest carbon budgets.

If forests absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than they release, this will slow the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduce associated climate change; in contrast, if forest releases exceed absorption, atmospheric and climate change will accelerate.

Initial work from the CTFS plots has already shown significant variation in the carbon stored in trees at sites across the network, as well as significant changes in carbon fluxes through time.

Funding from the HSBC Climate Partnershipin addition to supporting the carbon initiative will support the first-ever landscape-level study in the tropics to understand the role of forests in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, as well as carbon storage.


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Contact: Beth King
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703-487-3774, ext.8216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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