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How will increased $\ce{CO2}$ affect forests and other vegetative areas?

Some researchers contend that increases in atmospheric CO2 (e.g. from anthropogenic emissions) will enhance plant growth in general. What is the level of that enhancement? Does the associated ...
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Do forests affect local rainfall and climate significantly?

I know that forests can change the local temperature, but what about rainfall?. Do forests affect rainfall in their region? I have read that if a forest is very big, it can cause minor changes to ...
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Where does the water from rain in rain forests come from?

When discussing a hypothetical world without oceans and just forest it occured to me that I wasn't so sure there would be any rain in the first place, due to the lack of oceans. Searching on Google ...
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Estimate litter production

How would one go about estimating litter production (fine root turnover, leaves, etc.) for a forested area? I have some estimates from literature - which were derived from models, but I'd like to ...
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Is the temperature (even a bit) warmer in a forest?

Is the temperature (even a bit) warmer in a forest? For example, there no frost on the ground in a forest when there is some in a field just outside the forest. Is it because the temperature is a bit ...
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How do I estimate the mass of a deciduous tree's leaves?

Regarding the amount of biomass in a tree, what would be the approximate total mass of leaves on a large deciduous tree (e.g. maple, oak) while green in spring? Or, how many leaves could be on such a ...
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How do optical satellites detect different leaf types?

In various land cover classification systems, trees are also categorised on the basis of broadleaf or needleleaf. Can someone please tell me the mechanism through which satellites detect this leaf ...
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What is the name for the forested areas in mountains below the treeline?

Taiga is the Russian word for big areas of forest wilderness in high latitude regions. What about forests in the mountains? What is the name for the forested areas in mountains which are below the ...
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Is there a way to tell whether land is cleared from forest, or naturally bare?

In Scotland, the Caledonian Forest has been cut down by humans. According to an unsourced Wikipedia article the tree line in Scotland is at 500 metre (it does not indicate the tree line elevation ...
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Mud bricks with shale

I have recently bought a medium sized plot of wood/scrub land. Half of this plot was once used to dump shale from coal mines, which means I have a lot of shale. I have been wondering/looking for ...
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Why is ground water rising on these forest rings?

I am seeking a physical explanation for this; There is huge amount of such a Forest rings in Earth; (Link to Google Maps to one ~400 m Ring) They range in diameter from 30 metres to 2 kilometres, ...
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How much of Earth's forested land is currently protected from logging/deforestation?

Deforestation is an ongoing global problem. From this National Geographic webpage: The quickest solution to deforestation would be to simply stop cutting down trees. [However], financial realities ...
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With humans out of the equation, what could cause forest fire?

Absent human activity, what does cause forest fires? I mean aside from lightning strikes, which are usually accompanied by water in the form of rain, and very rare events like volcanic eruptions or ...
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What are these clearings in Amazon rainforest?

I was surfing around on Google Maps and found dozens of clearings amid a sea of vegetation. What are they? Some look like rocks, others can't be made out due to the image resolution. Here is one ...
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Initial indexes for calculating the Fire Weather Index (in the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System)

I am applying the Canadian Fire Weather Index (FWI) on the Forest Fire Warning System of my laboratory. My problem is in calculating the Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC), the Duff Moisture Code (DMC) ...
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What is the difference between a carbon sink and a carbon reservoir?

I am trying to figure out the difference between a carbon sink and a carbon reservoir. The definition for a carbon sink from wikipedia is that “carbon sink is a natural or artificial reservoir that ...
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Wildfire acreage, two dimenional or three?

When wildfire acreage is reported, does anyone know if local terrain is taken into consideration, or is the reported acreage the area as viewed on a map? I ask because the two figures are different. A ...
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Regarding forest fire season and using robotic devices for proactive efforts before any fires

For many years there are terrible forest fires in the U.S. (for example); I was wondering about pro-active measures ( I'm sure there are many). One possibility is using a small army of robots that are ...
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Can reforestation sequester our annual carbon emissions? [duplicate]

Forests sequester and store substantial amounts of carbon every year, while each year humans emit substantial amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Is it possible for forests to sequester as much ...
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Does anyone know a book/article/research that talks about forest fire prevention?

In my college we have to start our thesis in the third semester, so I'm going to do a research about forest fire and its prevention. However, I'm struggling to find a article that talks about that ...
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Why don't forest fires in Western Australia get as much attention as forest fires in the southeast of the country (including SA)? [closed]

WA gets plenty hot and dry in the summer (especially Exmouth and points south where Top End moisture isn't as prevalent), but I don't hear so much about catastrophic forest fires hitting WA, like I do ...
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Crickets found in Wales? [closed]

Can we find crickets in Northern Wales? If no, what other insects found in Northern Wales make a chirping sound like that of crickets? If this isn't an appropriate question for this thread, please ...
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Forest rings shape regularity

In the answer to "Why is ground water rising on these forest rings?" it is written: these rings are too numerous and too regular in shape to be related to either kimberlites or (even more ...
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Reforestation project in Samboja Lestari, Indonesia

Is there anyone who have some academic references on reforestation project in Samboja Lestari? I could not find any case study on Samboja Lestari, on how climate changed in this area (especially ...