A flavour of what CARBiFOR does:
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April 2010 Erica Cacciotti and Saul Otero built 'rain-out' shelters for a climate manipulation experiment at the ash chronosequence sites Guiseppe Benanti and Erica Cacciotti Samuel Olajuyigbe with an excavated and sectioned stump, March 2010.
Cool, unflapable confidence! Field Researchers, WP2 Stump excavation
Snowy Sitka spruce forest canopy as seen from the permanent tower Aphids frequently cauce serious damage to the needles of Sitka spruce trees. Ladybird larvae are natural predators and contribute to aphid population control WP 2 members (Left to right: Dobromir Draskoci, Bruce Osborne, Matt Saunders, Erica Cacciotti and Guiseppe Bennanti
Snowy period January 2010 Ladybird larva Members of Work Package 2
Loggers at the base of the tower store the data collected by the sensors at in the soil, at ground level, as well as within and above the canopy. Sensor height is currently 21m
Permanent tower at Dooary Multi-layered access to the canopy Sensor platform at the top of the tower
Micrometerological data are collected to allow CO2 and water vapour measurements to be integrated with air movements
Forest MET station The canopy below From a 'fishs' eye!
Mature Sitka spruce, 33m tall and 32cm dbh Stumps, once excavated, were cleaned of soil before weighing Weight = 170 kg
Sampling a mature Sitka spruce An excavated root system Success at the end of a long day!
Initial ideas The trailer frame needed to be strengthened to carry the extra weight of the mast, its rigging and the instrumentation Mr David Farrell (QPP) attaching the mast to the trailer
Mobile mast -beginnings! A paint-job Adjustment to the mast base
David Farrell helped design and custom build the mobile mast unit Calibration of the IRGA takes place routinely The mobile mast was designed so that the sensors head can be deployed on a separate small mast when the upright height of the mobile unit (4m) is too tall for a given crop height e.g. grassland crop height = 60 to 80cm)
Problem solving along the way Calibrating the open-path IRGA Mobile mast in grassland
Sensor height is 4m above ground level when the mast is erect, but not extended. A quad was used to 'rove' the mobile mast between sites, spending a week in each. The mast was extended so that the sensor height was 12m
Dooary 6-year-old Sitka site Moving the mobile mast Dooary 14-year-old site
The mobile trailer can be transported equally by jeep over greater distances. Armand Tene tackles a mature Sitka spruce -and later wins!
Movement by road Levitation! Optimism!