Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure

Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure

Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure

Primeval forests are of great importance for biodiversity and global carbon and water cycling. The three-dimensional structure of forests plays an important role here because it influences processes of gas and energy exchange with the atmosphere, whilst also providing habitats for numerous species. An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has investigated the variety of different complex structures that can be found in the world’s forests, as well as the factors that explain this diversity. The results have been published in Nature Communications.
Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure