The GEM network aims to capture both ecosystem-level properties and the functional composition of the community.
The GEM team has collected extensive data on the carbon cycle of forests along the Andes to Amazon transect since 2009. The GEM-TRAITs project will focus on the same plots along the elevational transect, with the overall goal to collect primary data on tree functional diversity. This ambitious field campain will result in the first global dataset linking tropical tree diversity to ecosystem function.
We will also work with the world’s most cutting-edge airborne remote sensing technology to explore how functional diversity and ecosystem function scale and vary at landscape scales.
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