Professor Alice Roberts and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham explains the vital research taking place at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) FACE facility.
One of the key challenges BIFoR addresses is the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in our air are rising, mostly due to our use of fossil fuels. As CO2 rises, so does the world’s temperature. Trees and the soil around them help us capture some of this CO2.
In a giant experiment in a Staffordshire woodland, we are pumping CO2 around trees to simulate the atmosphere we’re predicted to have in 2050. This helps us see how the woodland responds – do the trees grow faster, locking away more carbon, or will changes in the soil and insect life cause problems? Learning about the effects of increased CO2 helps us plant woodland most likely to survive and thrive in the future.

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