Carbon Cycle Tracked as Victoria's Forests Breathe

27 September 2013

Nestled among the dry eucalypt forests behind Nagambie, north of Melbourne, the 36-metre metal ''flux tower'' looks out of place.

Far above the sparse grey box and lemon gums it sends out an infrared beam that, 20 times a second, measures the transfer of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the landscape.

The project is part of scientific efforts to understand one of the big unknown questions in climate science: will soil, trees and plants continue to soak up large amounts of CO2 as the planet warms?

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