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Monitoring A Forest's Ability to Manage Carbon Dioxide Levels
The quiet Harvard Forest in Massachusetts is busy doing some serious global housekeeping, which is being monitored by scientists at Harvard University. David Foster is the director of the Harvard Forest, which stretches for 3,000 acres near Petersham. With support from the National Science Foundation, Foster and other researchers study the forest's ecology. "We're trying to understand what shaped the land, where the landscape is going, and what's going to be the fate of the land in the eastern United States," he explains. That research includes determining how the forest responds to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
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