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Harvard Forest Research Project 2022

  • Title: Hardwood Walk-up Tower for Research, Education, Comminication, and Outreach
  • Principal investigator: Emery Boose (
  • Institution: Harvard Forest
  • Primary contact: Mark VanScoy (
  • Team members: Clarisse Hart
  • Abstract:

    The Hardwood walkup tower provides critical infrastructure including:
    1. Within- and above-canopy access to researchers, educators, and students;
    2. Increased robustness of a 375-ha field wireless communications network to link research and researchers at Harvard Forest with researchers in their offices and laboratories, educators and students in their classrooms all over the world, and the general public that is interested in research in forested ecosystems;
    3. Educational opportunities for visitors to the Harvard Forest to experience and learn about forest ecology from the ground through the canopy (via guided tours for visitors 18 years or older);
    4. Permanent arrays of environmental sensors for measuring light, temperature, and humidity profiles through the canopy. These arrays complement similar measurements made on the existing EMS radio-mast type tower – the oldest continuously-operating eddy-covariance tower in the world (Barford et al. 2001, Urbanski et al. 2007) – and a Fundamental Instrument Unit (FIU) to deployed at Harvard Forest in 2012/2013 as part of the Northeast Core Site of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

    The tower is a 92' tall scaffolding guyed tower with a foot print of 7' x 14'. It stands on a concrete foundation and has 4 guywire connected to deadman anchors.

    The location of the tower is