|Smithsonian science: leadership in carbon research
Long before atmospheric carbon concentrations crossed the 400 parts per million threshold, Smithsonian scientists were examining the complexities of carbon flows on tropical landscapes. Decades of breakthrough research recently led to a new milestone for carbon science: the most highly detailed carbon stock map for any nation to date.
Panama’s high-fidelity carbon map is only part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s carbon science story. STRI researchers are at the frontier edge of how tropical forests, which contain Earth’s largest terrestrial carbon stocks, are already responding to higher carbon concentration and climate change.