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† 'Outdoor labí provides means to study climate change


Narrator:       This is Science Today. California's Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley are providing an "outdoor laboratory" for faculty, researchers and students at the University of California, Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Roger Bales, a professor of engineering and director of the institute, is using wireless sensor technology at a multi-investigator research site called the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.

Bales:             This critical zone observatory is really the premier research site for understanding how our water, our forests will respond to climate change and other pressures and how forest management and water management actions can offset some of those pressures that are coming from climate change.

Narrator:       Bales is partnering with colleagues at UC Davis and UC Berkeley at the observatory, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Bales:             It's a collaborative effort bringing the best knowledge that we can to bear on questions of this critical zone. 

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.