In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and rainforest, among other Earth biomes. It’s a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement — in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible.
Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman are the author and photographer of numerous Scientists in the Field books for Clarion Books, including Emi and the Rhino Scientist, The Bat Scientists, Park Scientists, Inside Biosphere 2, and Mission to Pluto. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their dog, Ziggy, and their cat, Shamu. You can visit them online at marykaycarson.com and tomuhlmanphoto.com.
* "This enlightening title adeptly connects Biosphere 2’s past with its present and future. Stunning photographs, clear and colorful graphics, and illuminating insets enhance the appeal...Highly recommended for all middle school science collections." —School Library Journal, starred review "An encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways." —Kirkus * "From examining how forests handle climate change to the impact of the ocean becoming more acidic, to developing a deeper understanding of the water cycle for soil erosion, and to predicting climate conditions, the scope of the research is vast...Truly eye-opening." —Booklist, starred review —