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At Harvard Forest, carbon--a crucial building block of life--is studied in the atmosphere, in the soil, and in trees, decaying wood, and freshwater streams. It is a subject of interest to virtually every scientist at the Forest.

Climate change is closely linked to a global increase in carbon dioxide from human sources. Many of the Forest's long-term experiments seek to understand how forests, plants, and animals respond to--and may help mitigate--these changes.

Carbon studies include: