In an attempt to improve our understanding of how tropical forests will respond to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations and climate change, a new campaign has been approved to unite ecologists and climate modellers. This campaign will attempt to incorporate microbe to tree scale biogeochemistry into models that operate on 100 km scale grid cells. Good luck!
Focusing on the future of tropical forests and their role in regulating the global climate, the ten-year tropical programme will begin with pilot studies at sites in Puerto Rico, Panama and Brazil, and then expand into other areas, including Africa and southeast Asia. Although ecologists have studied tropical ecosystems intensively, the new experiments will be designed to plug specific gaps in climate models.