The study of the distribution of forest biodiversity is generally hindered by the difficulty of access to the treetop(canopy). The IBISCA research programme aims at studying the spatiotemporal distribution of arthropods in forests by relying on state-of-the-art canopy access techniques and devices including cranes, platforms (Solvin-Bretzel canopy raft), treehouses (IKOS) and balloons (Canopy-Bubble and Canopy-Glider). Professional tree-climbers are also of great help to collect the samples in the canopy.
The 52m tall San Lorenzo canopy crane was used during the IBISCA-Panama expedition.
SolVin-Bretzel canopy raft (Radeau des Cimes)
Canopy Bubble (Bulle des Cimes)
Professional tree-climbers assist the researchers by collecting samples in the canopy.
Association Radeau des Cimes
Gilles Ebersolt (architect of canopy access devices)
Les ACCRO-branchés (tree-climbers) http://perso.wanadoo.fr/accrobranches/
Pro-natura international, developper of the Canopy-Glider with Dany Cleyet-Marrel and the support of Ricoh: http://www.pronatura.org/en/biodiversity.html ; http://www.ricoh.fr/about_ricoh/news/pronatura.xhtml
SolVin: SolVin-Bretzel and Canopy-dome: http://www.solvinpvc.com/sustainabledevelopment/solvinbretzel/solvinbretzel/0,,37663-2-0,00.htm
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