TRACE is an in-situ field warming experiment located in the eastern part of Puerto Rico, in the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Our main goal is to study the effects of climate change on tropical forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling.
The warming experiment officially started on September 28, 2016 with a full year 4 degrees C warming above ambient temperatures, which was interrupted due to the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Warming was reestablished September 2018 after a year of reconstruction and adaptation.
We have now adapted the experiment to be one of its kind in the study of warmer temperatures effects on tropical forests in combination with hurricane disturbance.