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Unpicking the rhythms of the Amazon rainforest –

PhD student James Ball maps tree trunks to better understand a crucial ecosystem and its response to climate change.



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The Amazon rainforest of French Guiana constantly buzzes and hums, but I keep my focus on the trees. In this picture, taken in November 2020 the most recent time I was there Im walking through a dense forest at the Paracou research station near the coastal town of Kourou. Im looking at drone pictures of the canopy and working out how each trunk fits into the puzzle. It sounds easy, but the forest is extremely complicated. Even with binoculars and close attention to detail, its hard to work out which…

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