Duke University researchers have won a $1.88 million National Science Foundation grant to develop a wireless sensor network for measuring, modeling and predicting biophysical changes in forests.

The grant covers five years.

The network is intended to help researchers better understand how trees are influenced by changes in climate, atmospheric carbon dioxide and other factors.

“This network will allow us to go into remote locations, install the sensors, and, for years to come, collect a depth and breadth of data that would be virtually impossible to obtain through any other means,” said James Clark, a biology professor at Duke, who is the principal investigator for the grant. “It has the potential to let us study environmental change on a whole new scale.”

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