Douglas Sheil is a tropical forest ecologist who is currently based at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He is also a senior Research Associate, Center for International Forest Research, (CIFOR), Indonesia, and an Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia.
Recent research has increased our understanding of how trees and forests influence water availability. But major controversies remain. For example, until recently most atmospheric scientists were confident that forests don’t attract rain, but new research challenges that confidence. Is this a whole new value for forests? Come and decide for yourselves.