Climate changeStudying evaporation in the rainforest
Complexity of tropical forests
Cesar aims to determine the contribution of water vapor from different canopy layers to the total water exported to the atmosphere.
Chasing the water
Complexity of tropical forests 2
First of all, you need to go into the field (or jungle in this case).
Isotopes are atoms of the same element which have a slight difference in their nucleus (more or less neutrons). This means that the isotopes vary slightly in weight.
Analyzing the composition of a sample makes it possible to determine where the water came from. By identifying the 'fingerprint' of a sample Cesar can track the probable source. Thereby illuminating in which way the way water or vapor contributes to the water cycle.
Stay tuned for the first results
This research is made possible by:
NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research, partially through the VENI grant of dr.ir. Miriam Coenders)
PINN - MICITT (Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, contract: PED-032-2015-1 )
OTS (Organisation for Tropical Studies, Glaxo Centro America Fellowship - fund 502)
These organisations enable his investigations.