Climate and Landscape Change in Borneo's Rainforest

Climate Change

Climate and Landscape Change in Borneo’s Rainforest

How can we conserve one of the most species-rich rainforests on the planet?

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The facts

Why the research is important

Why the research is important

The goal of this project is to maintain the health and strength of the Bornean rainforest in the face of changes in climate and land use.

Can Borneo's rainforests recover from damage and survive climate change?

Over recent decades, Borneo's rainforests have been intensively logged or cleared. These activities threaten the crucial services the forests provide, such as carbon storage, soil stabilization, and watershed protection, as well as many plant and animal species—including 15,000 species of flowering plant, more than 220 mammals, 420 birds, 250 reptiles, almost 150 amphibians, over 400 fish, and many tens of thousands of species of insects and other invertebrates.

The forests that do remain are often highly degraded or scattered. At present, we don't know whether the forests can recover or to what degree they can survive the impact of climate change.

Danum Valley

Join Earthwatch researchers in the heart of Borneo's rainforest, where you'll study the impact of climate change on soil, plants, and wildlife.

The goal of this project is to maintain the health and strength of the Bornean rainforest in the face of changes in climate and land use. As a volunteer, you'll take part in some of all of the following activities: assessing the presence and density of tree seedlings; helping to measure seedling survival and growth; planting new seedlings; measuring carbon in plants; assessing carbon storage and decomposition; collecting and sorting specimens of plants, insects, and other animals; taking rainfall measurements; assessing topography, vegetation types, and canopy cover; measuring soil erosion; and collecting and analyzing soil samples.

About the research area

Danum Valley, Malaysia, Asia

Daily life in the field


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The Scientists


Royal Society SE Asia Rainforest Research Programme

ABOUT Glen Reynolds

Earthwatch scientist Dr. Glen Reynolds’ research may hold the key to managing Borneo’s rainforests and the plants and animals that depend upon them.


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