Canopy research


Canopy research

Canopy research is the field of scientific research based upon data collected in the canopy of trees.

Objects

* Description of plant and animal species residing in the tree-summits. Mainly ancient forests and tropical forests are studied.
* Study of forest ecosystem dynamics, change drivers and other factors that shape forest systems.
* Collection of meteorological data.

Research aims at protection. More than anywhere else the question rises here it's not time to find a transition to protection of the ancient forests finally. In comparison to research efforts very little is being done to achieve the actual goal of protection. On the contrary - researchers worldwide are logging and harming the forest themselves.Fact|date=July 2007

Chief discoveries

* 90% of animal and 50% of plant species in tropical rainforests live in the upper levels of the large trees. As many as 1000 different insects have been collected from one tree.
* Tropical forests require a minimum area to develop their crucial micro climate and to provide habitats for larger mammals.
* While grown forests continue to store carbon dioxide, young forests store up ten times more.

Canopy research is a relatively new scientific field which was hampered for a long time by lack of means of access to the tree canopies and lack of appropriate means of housing researchers.

Climbing gear, tree houses, canopy walkways, cranes, airships and inflatable platforms resting on the treetops have lately overcome these barriers.

* Cranes have proven to offer the best three-dimensional access. The effort to set them up is worthwhile, as most research projects are long term.
* Airships (or dirigibles, or blimps) offer the best means of accessing large areas of canopy, see [http://www.dendronautics.org/ Dendronautics]
* Tree houses are best for housing because they offer dry, light and secure accommodation without cutting down an area of forest.

ee also

* Global Canopy Programme
* Nalini Nadkarni
* Stephen C. Sillett, Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology, Humboldt State University

External links

* [http://www.globalcanopy.org/ Global Canopy Programme]
* [http://canopy.evergreen.edu/ Canopy Database Project]
* [http://www.earthwatch.org/results/tropforest/canopy.html Canopy Research] - [http://www.earthwatch.org/ Earthwatch Institute] page.
* [http://www.dendronautics.org/ Dendronautics]
* [http://www.humboldt.edu/~sillett/canopyscience.html "Doing Canopy Science"] Prof Stephen Sillett, photogallery with "brief description of... techniques and illustrations of their applications..."


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