Redwoods and Climate ChangeTweet
Media Source: KQED
Program Name: Quest
Show Name: Redwoods and Climate Change
Broadcast Year: 2011
Original Link: http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/redwoods-and-climate-change/
In the mid 90s scientists began climbing Redwoods to study canopy conditions. In the podcast it said they found that the Redwoods are very important to the biodiversity of the area. In the tree canopy other plants and trees attach to it, creating places for other animals to live up in the tree crown, creating little ecosystems. The college students put a fog detector at the top of the tree because, according to scientists, over the last six decades the area has been getting hotter and dryer meaning there is less and less fog. This is important because as much as 40% of the water Coastal Redwoods take in comes from fog. There has been much research done along California’s coast about these Redwoods, as well as Sequoias, where they gather information about the size of the trunks and branches to measure the growth of the forest over time with the climate change. These trees could be in danger from climate change. They think that big species, like the Redwood, will not be able to migrate as fast as the climate is changing and they might need human help to move to a more appropriate habitat.