Field Notes


Equateur Project

March 2013: Equateur Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Led by the WHRC, the Equateur Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been developed within the framework of the government’s national REDD+ efforts to strengthen the protection of forest ecosystems through a reduction of forest degradation and loss and to ensure the coordination of political, economic and social aspects for the benefit of people who are highly dependent on the forest.
Lefebvre with drone

March 2013: Fazenda Tanguro, Brazil

Research Associate Paul Lefebvre revisits Tanguro ranch to check on his ongoing soil moisture measurements and to help a new PhD student, Christine O’Connell from the University of Minnesota, get established and start her research. Christine will study the emissions of N2O from soils in native forest, soy fields, and double cropping of soy followed by corn. Double-cropping is a new practice that is becoming more common in the region as farmers seek ways to maximize their profits from already deforested land, so Christine will try to measure how this new practice will impact the emissions of an important greenhouse gas from the Amazonian agricultural frontier.


Ecuador Field Notes

November 2012: Training indigenous communities to map the Amazon in Ecuador

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, a compelling concept is taking root alongside towering ancient trees: that indigenous peoples — given the training and technology — can play a central role in mapping and preserving the rainforest. A five-day conference in Puyo, Ecuador in November, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin”, brings together eight indigenous leaders from four Amazonian countries, representatives from the government of Ecuador, educators and scientific experts to increase indigenous participation in forest governance, particularly policies like REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

Smoky Mountains

November 2012: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A small group from WHRC attended meetings and made field site visits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of a project called the Landscape Climate Change Vulnerability Project (LCC-VP). In addition to WHRC, the LCC-VP team is composed of collaborators from universities, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations. At WHRC, our piece of the project involves modeling habitat suitability for a number of key tree species and forecasting suitable habitat space for those species into the future under different scenarios.


February 2012: Fazenda Tanguro, Brazil

Research Associate Paul A. Lefebvre recently visited Fazenda Tanguro in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and the Amazon to continue work started over a year ago. 'Tanguro Ranch', as it’s known, is the site of a tropical ecological research station run by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), at which WHRC and other institutions conduct ongoing experiments.


January/February 2012: Orinoco River, Venezuela and Amazon River, Brazil

Scientists Mike Coe, Max Holmes, Rob Spencer are on a 12-day trip to the world’s 1st and 3rd largest rivers (the Amazon River in Brazil and Orinoco River in Venezuela). The goal for the Orinoco leg of the trip is to get a feel for this remarkable river, meet with local scientists, and explore possibilities for collaborative research. An overarching element of the trip is the linking of WHRC scientists focusing on river water chemistry (Holmes and Spencer) with those focusing on hydrologic modeling (led by Mike Coe).

2011 - Brazil, Alaska, Malawi, the Yukon River, the Congo, and Rwanda

Alaska View Field Notes from 2011: A local Falmouth teacher travels to Mato Grosso in Brazil, postdoctoral fellow Mike Loranty conducts permfarost field studies, various groups collaborate on REDD in Malawi, and a trek to the Yukon are just a few of the topics covered in Field Notes this year.

2010 - Indonesia and the Congo Basin

Capacity bldg View Field Notes from 2010: One group of WHRC scientists lead pantropical capacity building workshops in in Indonesia, and another complete a field expedition to the Congo Basin where they sample water quality in rivers and streams throughout the region as part of the Global Rivers initiative.