We are happy to report that we received very positive feedback in recognition of the ‘Amazonia and Climate Change Field Course’, hosted by National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Each morning we collected data, with methods ranging from the latest high-tech instruments for measuring rates of photosynthesis, to sifting through soil cores for roots, to measuring the diameter of trees with an electronic calliper and a tape measure. As there were often heavy tropical downpours in the afternoon, we spent this time logging the data and analysing it to answer questions such as ‘how does the rate of photosynthesis change with increasing CO₂?’, and ‘how might nutrient limitation affect plant growth?’.
This was a fantastic opportunity for me both on a scientific and personal level to experience the “real Amazon”, a definite once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m very grateful to the course organisers and my sponsors for supporting my participation.
Check out the guest post: “Immersion in science – off the grid in the Amazon” by Chantelle Burton – a Climate Scientist at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre.