Day 1 of tower construction: Guy wires and field trigonometry

Updated: 2 days ago

Originally published November 12, 2015

We have finally started the construction of a 66ft tall canopy access tower at the TRACE site. The tower will be used to study warming responses of individual leaves and branches of adult tropical trees. 

But, building a tower in the middle of a very wet rainforest with uneven terrain is no easy feat! For example, it's important to consider how the slope affects where to install the guy wires. Ecologists breaking out the high school trigonometry!

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