One of the world’s most complex experiments on the impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide is taking shape in eastern Australia, where giant steel frames nine stories high have been built on native woodland.
Great! More of my taxes squandered so these guys can play with big toys….
The project near Sydney will mimic future climatic conditions by simulating higher atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is pumped into an environmental “time machine” on the outskirts of Sydney, aiming to predict how vegetation will react to future climate change.
The experiment features giant cylindrical steel frames 28 meters tall that rise above native woodland, called bushland. They will simulate elevated levels of CO2 that the planet could experience in the next half century.
Professor David Ellsworth from the University of Western Sydney is in charge of this unique project. “We have six of these arrays of pipes up in the woodland designed to emit carbon dioxide in a computer-controlled system so we can study how this ecosystem responds a rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration,” he said.
It has taken researchers a year to build this industrial-looking ecological experiment, which will last for a decade.
The university says it is the world’s biggest outdoor carbon dioxide trial, and the only one to use mature woodland.