Alice grows up: canopy science in transition from Wonderland to Reality

Sutton, Stephen L. (1998) Alice grows up: canopy science in transition from Wonderland to Reality. In: Meeting of the European-Science-Foundation Canopy Research Programme, 1998, ST Annes Coll, Oxford, Englad.

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This paper gives, for the first time, a complete history of rain forest canopy access, from the early years to the present day. This review is primarily from the European perspective, and explores the development of canopy access techniques, from `low-tech' methods such as single rope technique, to `hi-tech' approaches such as canopy cranes. In recent years, canopy science has moved away from pure exploration (the `Wonderland' phase) to tackling the practicalities of rigorous canopy research (`Reality'), and the underlying emphasis is now shifting from access to the upper canopy per se to conducting replicative and manipulative science. The paper concludes by advocating the integration of many access techniques (both hi-tech and low-tech) at selected research sites, and certain neglected key areas of research are highlighted, including the comparison of adjacent primary and logged forests.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keyword: Forest canopy, Fragmented forests, Insects, Landsat, Access, Trees
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry > SD1-669.5 Forestry > SD131-247.5 History of forestry. Forest conditions
Q Science > QK Botany > QK1-989 Botany > QK1-474.5 General Including geographical distribution
Department: INSTITUTE > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 16:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2012 16:14

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