Category Archives: Land Cover

Trees in trouble: what affect does tree mortality have on climate change

Through our trees in trouble series, we’ve examined trees in the Sahel zone in Africa and the United States.  This problem, climate change and dying trees, has been seen on every continent, the only exception being Antarctica, due to the … Continue reading

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Cloud forests and how trees get water

Most trees obtain water through their massive root systems, but did you know that some trees can absorb water through their leaves as well? This ability is called foliar uptake. Scientists recently discovered that trees in cloud forests use foliar … Continue reading

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Trees in Trouble: What happens after the pine trees die?

This week’s blogger is Emily Robitschek, a proud graduate of Arvada West High School near Denver, Colorado.  In this post she reports about her research project that she conducted while she worked in the GLOBE Program Office in the summer … Continue reading

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Trees are in Trouble: Climate Change and Dying Trees

Communities in the Sahel region of Africa depend on trees for firewood, food, building materials, and even medicine.  Anecdotal observations in this savannah climate, a transition region to the south of the Sahara Desert, have suggested the number of trees … Continue reading

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Relating Air Temperature to Surface Temperature

As Dr. C wrote during his Surface Temperature Field Campaign, the weather in mid-December was cold in many parts of the United States. At our house here in Boulder, Colorado (Figure 1), this morning’s minimum temperature was -21 degrees Celsius. … Continue reading

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