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Berkeley lab leads $100m forest carbon-storage project

A 10-year research program funded by the United States’ Department of Energy will explore the role tropical forests can be expected to play in sequestering carbon dioxide during global warming.

Staff at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lead the coordination of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics, which will also involve researchers from Brookhaven, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Pacific Northwest national laboratories, the Smithsonian Institution, NASA and research institutions in other countries.

NGEE-Tropics’ first phase will include fieldwork in Brazil, Panama and Puerto Rico, and will last for three years. That work will involve studying ecosystems and comparing empirical data with climate models to see how well they predict what happens in real forests. 

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