Projects Functional Diversity
July 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of a scientific idea hatched in a distant valley along Kauai Island’s northern coast in the central Pacific. The 2006 conception was preceded by ten other years of research on the chemical properties of plant canopies in far flung environments ranging from desert shrublands to tropical rainforests. That preceding decade had cumulatively yielded just a hint that a tree-of-life approach to studying forests might be possible at the mother of all scales – Earth’s biosphere.
The tallest trees in this Costa Rican forest are found in certain topographic locations, and those tall trees have unique nitrogen properties.
Multiple rock-derived nutrients now mappable at tree crown resolutions using CAO imaging spectroscopy
Source: Remote Sensing
Follow-up to a recent analysis published by Somers and CAO team showing that gradients in tropical forest biodiversity can be mapped with airborne imaging spectroscopy.