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The Importance of Fogwater in the Maintenance of Ecosystems

Lead Scientist(s): Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers

This work was inspired by our discovery that cloudwater from southern Chile has surprisingly high inorganic and organic nitrogen concentrations. Currently, we are attempting to determine if the ocean is "feeding" the forest through oceanic upwelling of nutrients (or organisms, such as bacteria) and subsequent fog deposition to adjacent ecosystems. This research will add to knowledge about cross-boundary transfers and shed light on the role fog water plays in the maintenance of ecosystems.