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The experimental drought plots, part of long term research by Susan Laurance, from CTBCC and TESS, recently featured in an article from TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network).
Rainforest Raincoat

(c) Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness

Susan and team are studying how rainforest flora respond to a prolonged, experimentally induced drought  at plots where tree growth, composition, soil water and atmospheric exchange are monitored.

To investigate these mechanisms, the Daintree Drought Experiment is simulating drought conditions by excluding rainfall using clear-panel roofing structures, or raincoats, that capture rain and remove it from two sites of 50 x 40 m.

Read the full article here

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