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Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment


Narrator:       This is Science Today. Due to climate change, the Arctic landscape is undergoing a period of rapid transformation. Permafrost covers much of the terrain, and alterations to its pattern of seasonal thaws and freezes are of great concern to scientists.  Now, a team of researchers is working to provide a coherent picture of why these changes are happening and what it means for the future. Geologist Susan Hubbard of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says the 10-year project, called the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment, is looking at a variety of things.

Hubbard:       The hydrology, the biogeochemistry, vegetation dynamics, soil microbial ecology, the geomorphology and its interconnectedness and then the scale aspect.

Narrator:       The large, multidisciplinary team project will also look at processes from the molecular all the way up to the global scale.

Hubbard:        So it's really trying to cover this whole range of things that we think are important not only for understanding this system but predicting how that system's going to change with warming. 

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