MRA: Disentangling Cross-scale Influences on Tree Species, Traits and Diversity from Individual Trees to Continental Scales

Principal Investigator: E White

Co-PI: Alina Zare

Sponsor: NSF

Start Date: August 1, 2019

End Date: July 31, 2022

Amount: $1,215,241


Trees are essential to ecosystems. They store carbon, reduce erosion, and serve as habitat for other species. The factors influencing trees, and the spatial scales at which they are managed, range from an individual tree to entire continents. Since there are approximately three trillion trees in the world collecting data on every tree over large areas is impossible using traditional methods. Therefore, it is necessary to use new technology to measure and describe individual trees over large geographic areas. This research will address this fundamental challenge by combining high resolution remote sensing data with field data on trees.

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