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TRACE is the first-ever warming experiment to be conducted in a tropical forest. Our goal is to assess the effects of increased temperatures on tropical forest ecosystems.


The warming experiment officially started on September 28, 2016. After 1 year of warming 4degC above ambient temperatures, the warming experiment went through reconstruction due to the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through Puerto Rico in September 2017.


We started the warming treatment again on September 26, 2018! Stay tuned for more updates! 

One of the TRACE warming plots in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, PR. May 2018.

What's new?

January 09, 2020

Oceania Visited TRACE

Oceania: Blue Sea Expedition visited our project to fil a documentary series. Trace will be featured as one of the multiple research efforts under the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, under the objective # 13: Climate Action.

November 07, 2019

Our First School Visit

Students from the Luis Munoz Rivera School in San Juan visited our project to learn about the the impact of climate change on tropical forests and our experimental design. Go to our Photos to learn more about the visit.

October 14, 2019

Looking Into the Deep

This week we have started or deep soils campaign. Under our new lines of research., we are studying the dynamics of roots and microbes in relation to temperatures along the soil profile.

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About the project

Tropical forests take in and store more carbon dioxide than any other biome around the world, but climate change may pose a threat to this invaluable service. Scientists from various governmental agencies and universities are working together to measure the potential impacts of climate change- particularly temperature increase- on soil structure, carbon cycling, and plant physiology. The TRACE experiment consists of using infrared heat to warm the soil and plants of the understory, as well as individual leaves and branches in the forest canopy. 

On this website, you can learn about our project and join us in our efforts to better understand how tropical rainforests will behave in a warmer future. This experiment will help improve conservation strategies for these irreplaceable ecosystems and all the biodiversity and natural resources they sustain.

Dr. Tana Wood talks about TRACE with
UPR Diálogo Digital
Tropical Responses to
Altered Climate Experiment