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Studying climate change one tree at a time

“Every tree is mapped, and they’re remeasured every year,” says Michael Dietze of Boston University, as he stands in a section of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. Dietze, an associate professor of earth and environment in the College of Arts & Sciences, is taking part in the $4.3 million, five-year National Science Foundation study, "Climate Change Impacts on Forest Biodiversity: Individual Risk to Subcontinental Impacts." With a wide-ranging sample of the effects of climate change on individual trees, scientists hope to better predict future climate risks. Saplings, seedlings and even dead trees become data points, which will be fed into computer models that Dietze is helping to develop. The goal is to allow scientists to project the effects of climate change as some species surge and others recede.

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