Global Warming v2.0 - The Real Simulation
Current models predict that plants will reach a maximum rate of conversion as carbon dioxide levels increase and then level off. In other words, plants can adapt to increasing levels of carbon dioxide up to a certain point. What ORNL scientists hope to determine is the possibility that under conditions of increased air and ground temperature as well as higher carbon dioxide concentrations plants may be able to go into "hyperdrive" and accelerate conversion.
If this new form of experimental 'biosphering' proves successful, it will allow scientists to more accurately predict the impact of global warming. However, there is also the possibility that scientists will find that the carbon-dioxide to oxygen conversion is much higher than predicted, which would deal yet another blow to the credibility of current global warming science. Environmental Scientists have been basing their science as a matter of practicality mainly using computer models. And one big shortcoming of computer modeling of the earth's systems is that future predictions usually assume that current trends will continue in a consistent and predictable pattern into the future.
But our planet is tremendously complex and it is not always predictable. The only way to really validate our computer models is to perform lots of experiments such as this one, and we applaud the efforts of these scientists. Global warming science now has the power to determine public policy that affects billions of lives. And now more than ever, it is really important that we get this science as 'right' as possible.