Thursday, February 09, 2012, 4:30PM - 5:30PM
RL-1 room 269
Rainforest growth buffers atmospheric CO2 rise, yet even remote regions are under threat from climate change. I will overturn the conventional notion of climate regulation of long-term rates of productivity by showing that the wettest of tropical realms are hotspots of carbon sequestration. Scaling shows that process models and satellite-based methods dramatically underestimate the role of intact tropical rainforests in the global carbon cycle. Should these approaches be adopted within policy mechanisms aimed at curbing CO2 emissions, rainforests will be devalued to the detriment of humans and ecosystems alike.