New "Eddy Flux" Towers Will Help Scientists Understand Land-use/land cover Interactions with Climate

New "Eddy Flux" Towers Will Help Scientists Understand Land-use/land cover Interactions with Climate

Apr 20, 2014
120 ft. flux tower at Thompson Farm Observatory. Photo by K.Donahue, UNH-EOS

Since 2003, the Bartlett Experimental Forest in the White Mountains has been New Hampshire's only site for a state-of-the-art instrument that takes the pulse of the landscape continuously. Now, as part of the National Science Foundation/NH Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program's Ecosystems and Society project, the capacity to gauge the land's vital signs has quadrupled and broadened with the installation of four "eddy flux" towers in forest, field, farmland, and an urban/residential environment. These new micrometeorological towers strategically located around UNH will help scientists see how land-use change may impact local and regional climate of the future.

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