Small Piece of Forest Part of Global Project
EUREKA (AP) - An ordinary-looking 60-acre plot of mostly oak and hickory trees near the St. Louis County town of Eureka could play a major role in predicting how forests could mediate the effects of climate change.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that more than 39,000 trees and new tree stems on the land have been mapped, tagged and identified over the past three years by researchers at Washington University. The plot, which is part of the university's Tyson Research Center, is now a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory.
That means it is part of a network of 52 other forest plot around the world used to study climate change and biodiversity.