$50 Million Project to Study the Effects of Climate Change in MN

The project is called SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s a collaborative effort between the USDA Forest Service and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

The planned experimental site is a bog within the Marcell Experimental Forest (MEF; N 47° 30.171’, W 93° 28.970’), which is located approximately 40 km north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA. The MEF is within the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, which is a transitional zone between boreal and broadleaf deciduous forests (McNab and Avers, 1996). The landscape is a typical moraine landscape of the Upper Great Lakes Region, and includes uplands, peatlands, and lakes. Climate in the area will be manipulated to study the effects.

Article on the project HERE

Official website HERE

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