It’s not everyday that scientists get to leave the lab and climb 300 feet up in the air. But for researchers studying the duress that California’s giant Sequoia trees are under with the years-long drought, that’s exactly what they get to do.
Anthony Ambrose and his team from UC Berkeley head to Sequoia National Park to climb some of the oldest trees in the world, which can grow upwards of 300 feet. They then take samples from the tops of the trees to test how much water is reaching up there.
Sometimes requiring up to 800 gallons of water a day, Sequoias have an amazing ability to recover from drought events. But as we continue to see the onslaught of climate change, Ambrose poses, “Are they going to reach some threshold where they’re not able to recover form these type of events?”