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Jan 16, 2016 10:27 AM

Plymouth State tower charts forest's reaction to atmosphere

The Associated Press

PLYMOUTH — A 110-foot-tall tower in Plymouth is measuring how forests react to changes in the atmosphere.

The steel structure — located in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest — is part of a joint project between Plymouth State University and the U.S. Forest Service. Scientific instruments mounted atop the tower gather data on moisture, carbon dioxide content and temperature, which will add to similar data being collected by towers around the world.

Hydrology Professor Mark Green says the research tower is essentially watching the forest breathe. As moisture is released into the atmosphere, the resulting change in air temperature helps measure how the forest is responding to climate warming.

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