These two weeks we are conducting a field campaign on the canopy walkway at Wytham Woods, Oxford University's ecological research laboratory. This is partially to collect these data from the canopy trees at Wytham in anticipation of an overflight and lidar and hyperspectral mapping by the NERC aircraft next week, and partially to train up teams to conduct similar work in Ghana and Malaysian Borneo later this year and early next year. Participants include several students and researchers from Oxford, but also from Cambridge (David Coomes 'group), Aberdeen, Lancaster and Edinburgh, and the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (Stephen Adu-Bredu and Theresa Peprah).
The weather has been good this week and the woods have been idyllic: walking through the forest you we are bathed in glorious multi-layered green, a good dose of shinrinyoku, "forest bathing".
There is also a nice blog and more photos about this work here, by visiting researcher Ben Blonder.
[Some of these photos (the most wonderful ones!) are by Andrew Harrington (http://www.harringtonphotography.com/) and are not for reproduction for commercial purposes without permission]
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University