What can be the impact of rising carbon levels on the forests of future? The question has prompted the scientists at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research to start a decade-long experiment, whereby they will artificially expose a patch of mature woodland to high levels of carbon dioxide.
The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (F.A.C.E.) experiment would reveal the impact of environmental and climate change on the entire forest ecosystem in addition to measuring the woodland’s capacity to trap carbon emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, writes University of Birmingham.
The first-of-its-kind experiment in Europe involves an outdoor laboratory encircling trees with 25m masts that release carbon dioxide, notes the BBC. The project is believed to provide concrete revelations over forest’s ability to adapt and offset the rising levels of carbon dioxide.