Drones Provide a Precise Chemical Fingerprint of the Amazon (Video)

Drones Provide a Precise Chemical Fingerprint of the Amazon (Video)

This SEAS project monitors chemical signals emitted by plants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which help plants interact with organisms around them.

Every species of plant emits a different VOC signature — like a fingerprint — which can change based on the season or if the plant is under duress from, for example, drought or flood.  Monitoring and translating these signals can reveal how forest ecosystems respond to stress caused by climate change.

Find more info about the research on Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences