Beneath the Alaskan Tundra

Photo Essay: Where the Trees Meet the Tundra

by |November 16, 2016

Due to warming climate and increasing human exploitation, far northern forests and the tundra beyond are undergoing rapid changes. In northern Alaska, scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other institutions are studying trees at the very edge of their range to understand what to expect in coming decades. READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY or  SEE A VIDEO

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Further north, in a valley at the very edge of tree line in the mountains of the Brooks Range, scientists set up a laser-powered LiDAR camera to survey an acre or so. Its highly detailed 3D map of vegetation will provide information on subtle differences in topography and other elements that may allow trees to survive, or not.

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