Spectranomics: Chemical and spectral fingerprinting of tropical canopies

Tropical forests are vast, mostly unexplored places. The trees, vines and other plants that occupy tropical forest canopies are often remote and inaccessible. As a result, it is not easy to assess how the diversity and functioning of tropical forests may be changing with human use and climate change.

The Carnegie Institution is developing new scientific approaches that integrate phylogenetic, chemical and spectral remote sensing perspectives - collectively called Spectranomics - to map canopy function and biological diversity throughout tropical forests of the world. This website provides information on field and laboratory activities, along with data, protocols, publications, and other information on the project.

The Spectranomics Project is made possible by the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.