According to experts at Western Sydney University, Australia’s native forests will use water more efficiently in the future as the amount of carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere increases.
The boost in efficiency could help forests during drought and warm spells such as those associated with El Niño. Forests are Earth’s biggest consumers of carbon dioxide – helping to balance increased output from industry, transport and other human activity.
This study will help researchers understand how trees will react to future conditions – essential for predicting how the world’s ecosystems and climate will change; and how much carbon forests will capture.
[img source] Jiri Brozovsky (CCA2.0).
The above story is based on materials provided by Western Sydney University.