Human-modified Tropical Forests
Tropical forests are hotspots of terrestrial biodiversity. The loss, fragmentation and degradation of these forests are drivers of global biodiversity loss and have important implications for the global climate system. Uncertainty in how the tropical biosphere will respond to global change is one of the major constraints on predicting the climate of the end of this century and therefore in assessing threshold values of greenhouse gas emissions that may avoid dangerous climate change.
This research programme will integrate experimental and observational data with models to understand the role of biodiversity in major forest biogeochemical cycles, explore the spatial correlations between ecosystem function in terms of biogeochemical cycles and the distribution of species that are of conservation concern, and develop new technological capabilities for sustainable long-term observations of biogeochemical cycling in forests. More about the Human-modified Tropical Forests research programme
19 Jun 2012
NERC and FAPESP today announce a major £9.6m investment to investigate how changes to tropical forests affect biodiversity, ecosystem services and the climate. £9.6m joint UK-Brazilian initiative to investigate effect of tropical forest degradation