Microsoft Research plays design role in sensor-network project on Brazil’s Atlantic Coast to help scientists understand rainforest climate. Amazon rainforest alone stores an amount of carbon equivalent to a decade of global fossil fuel emissions, and plays a crucial role in the world’s precipitation and oxygen-transfer processes — earning it the nickname, the “lungs of the world.” Because of its sheer size, changes in the forest affect not only local environment, but global weather, by altering wind and ocean current patterns. Understanding how those processes work on a small scale was the goal of recent Brazilian Rainforest Sensor Network project — a joint effort from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Johns Hopkins University, S
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