Trees wearing accelerometers help track snowstorms

Knowing how tree canopies affect snowpack is a key part of predicting water availability. Despite this importance, hydrologists are still working to accurately quantify how snow "intercepted" by tree canopies affects snowpack. ...

The mystery of an unusual Panamanian plant's dispersal

Sleeping in a car may be a necessity for scientists conducting fieldwork. In 2020, a team of young researchers spent two nights sleeping in their car in the mountains of western Panama. The second time it was not intentional: ...

To get to the rainforest canopy, it helps to have a crane

When you walk through a rainforest, you might feel like you're missing out. You can hear birdsong and insect noises from way up high. For decades, the rainforest canopy was called "the last biotic frontier," due to the sheer ...

First European map of the insulating effect of forests

To cool off in summer, there's nothing better than a walk in the woods. Trees act as a buffer that cools the air beneath their foliage in summer and warms it in winter. This phenomenon is caused not only by the protection ...

Trees: The critical infrastructure low-income neighborhoods lack

As the Pacific Northwest sweltered through a record-breaking heat wave last week, many residents here in America's least air-conditioned city sought relief under the shade of cedars and maples in city parks. But in some areas ...

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