Category: Pamela Templer

Urban soil emits a surprising amount of CO2

Grist Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences Watch out, fossil fuels. There’s another CO2 emitter in town, and she’s been letting you take all the heat for greenhouse gases… Expert quote: “When people mulch their landscaped areas or fertilize their lawns, they’re putting out yummy fresh highly decomposable carbon that soil microbes can use. … And […]

A Web of Sensors Enfolds an Entire Forest to Uncover Clues to Climate Change

IEEE Spectrum Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences Harvard’s experimental forest is wired up and down to study how changing conditions affect entire ecosystems… Expert quote: “We would love to have a crystal ball that says, ‘In 100 years the temperatures are going to increase by x and the forest is going to respond […]

The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all

Boston Globe (subscription required) Lucy Hutyra, College of Arts & Sciences Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences Is a tree trying to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, […]

Less Snowfall may Harm Soil Quality and Tree Health, Study Suggests

Nature World News Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences Tree growth and water system quality may be negatively impacted by milder winters in the coming years, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University report that less snow cover associated with warmer winters will leave the ground exposed to prolonged freezing conditions, which will have consequences […]

More than snow in the equation as school cancellations mount

Boston Globe (subscription required) Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences The accusation: When it comes to snow, the region’s residents have melted into wimps. The alleged proof: The threshold for calling snow days seems to have dropped so low that officials cancel school for storms that would have been shrugged off in the past — […]

Wired Forest May Reveal How New England Forests Respond to Climate Change

Scientific American Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming… Expert quote: “It’s somewhat counterintuitive, but snow actually acts like a blanket. And so if you have a sufficient snowpack on the ground, […]