Forests and climate change are intrinsically linked. Intact forests store lots of carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
Forests influence climate change largely by affecting the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon stock is defined as the quantity of carbon contained in a “pool,” a reservoir or system that has the capacity to accumulate or release carbon. The main carbon pools in a tropical forest ecosystem are the living biomass of trees and roots and the dead mass of leaf litter, woody debris, and organic matter in the soil.
On this day-long research experience, you’ll learn about community forest management practices and about the role of forests in regulating climate. You’ll help scientists calculate the carbon stock of the Nathinoipalle community forest by measuring the diameter and height of trees, herbs, and shrubs. You’ll also help collect water samples to monitor water quality and help researchers create a map of water use in the forests. And you’ll get to hear directly from local community members about their traditional ways of managing and using the forest ecosystem.