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Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome
Sullivan, Martin J.P.; Talbot, Joey; Lewis, Simon L. et al.
2017In Scientific Reports, 7 (39102)
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Keywords :
Carbon storage; Biodiversity; Tropical forest biome; Biomass; Species identification
Abstract :
[en] Tropical forests are global centres of biodiversity and carbon storage. Many tropical countries aspire to protect forest to fulfil biodiversity and climate mitigation policy targets, but the conservation strategies needed to achieve these two functions depend critically on the tropical forest tree diversity-carbon storage relationship. Assessing this relationship is challenging due to the scarcity of inventories where carbon stocks in aboveground biomass and species identifications have been simultaneously and robustly quantified. Here, we compile a unique pan-Tropical dataset of 360 plots located in structurally intact old-growth closed-canopy forest, surveyed using standardised methods, allowing a multi-scale evaluation of diversity-carbon relationships in tropical forests. Diversity-carbon relationships among all plots at 1 ha scale across the tropics are absent, and within continents are either weak (Asia) or absent (Amazonia, Africa). A weak positive relationship is detectable within 1 ha plots, indicating that diversity effects in tropical forests may be scale dependent. The absence of clear diversity-carbon relationships at scales relevant to conservation planning means that carbon-centred conservation strategies will inevitably miss many high diversity ecosystems. As tropical forests can have any combination of tree diversity and carbon stocks both require explicit consideration when optimising policies to manage tropical carbon and biodiversity.
Disciplines :
Phytobiology (plant sciences, forestry, mycology...)
Environmental sciences & ecology
Author, co-author :
Sullivan, Martin J.P.
Talbot, Joey
Lewis, Simon L.
Phillips, Oliver L.
Qie, Lan
Begne, Serge K.
Chave, Jérôme
Cuni-Sanchez, Aida
Hubau, Wannes
Lopez-Gonzalez, Gabriela
Miles, Lera
Monteagudo-Mendoza, Abel
Sonké, Bonaventure
Sunderland, Terry
ter Steege, Hans
White, Lee J.T.
Affum-Baffoe, Kofi
Aiba, Shinichiro
Cristo de. Almeida, Everton
Almeida de Oliveira, Edmar
Alvarez-Loayza, Patricia
Alvarez Davila, Esteban
Andrade, Ana
Aragao, Luiz E.O.C.
Ashton, Peter
Aymard C., Gerardo A.
Baker, Timothy R.
Balinga, Michael
Banin, Lindsay F.
Baraloto, Christopher
Bastin, Jean-François  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département GxABT > Biodiversité et Paysage
Berry, Nicholas
Bogaert, Jan  ;  Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage
Bonal, Damien
Bongers, Frans
Brienen, Roel
Camargo, José Luis C.
Ceron, Carlos
Chama Moscoso, Victor
Chezeaux, Eric
Clark, Connie J.
Cogollo Pacheco, Alvaro
Comiskey, James A.
Cornejo Valverde, Fernando
Honorio Coronado, Euridice N.
Dargie, Greta
Davies, Stuart J.
De Canniere, Charles
Djuikouo K., Marie Noel
Doucet, Jean-Louis ;  Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Laboratoire de Foresterie des régions trop. et subtropicales
Erwin, Terry L.
Silva Espejo, Javier
Ewango, Corneille E.N.
Fauset, Sophie
Feldpausch, Ted R.
Herrera, Rafael
Gilpin, Martin
Gloor, Emanuel
Hall, Jefferson S.
Harris, David J.
Hart, Therese B.
Kartawinata, Kuswata
Khoon Kho, Lip
Kitayama, Kanehiro
Laurance, Susan G.W.
Laurance, William F.
Leal, Miguel E.
Lovejoy, Thomas
Lovett, John C.
Mpanya Lukasu, Faustin
Makana, Remy
Malhi, Yadvinder
Maracahipes, Leandro
Marimon, Beatriz S.
Marimon Junior, Ben Hur
Marshall, Andrew R.
Morandi, Paulo S.
Tshibamba Mukendi, John
Mukinzi, Jaques
Nilus, Ruben
Nunez Vargas, Percy
Pallqui Camacho, Nadir C.
Pardo, Guido
Pena-Claros, Marielos
Pétronelli, Pascal
Pickavance, Georgia C.
Dalberg Poulsen, Axel
Poulsen, John R.
Primack, Richard B.
Priyadi, Hari
Quesada, Carlos A.
Reitsma, Jan
Réjou-Méchain, Maxime
Restrepo, Zorayda
Rutishauser, Ervan
Abu Salim, Kamariah
Salomao, Rafael P.
Samsoedin, Ismayadi
Sheil, Douglas
Sierra, Rodrigo
Silveira, Marcos
Slik, J.W. Ferry
Steel, Lisa
Taedoumg, Hermann
Tan, Sylvester
Terborgh, John W.
Thomas, Sean C.
Toledo, Marisol
Umunay, Peter M.
Valenzuela Gamarra, Luis
Guimaraes Vieira, Ima Célia
Vos, Vincent A.
Wang, Ophelia
Willcock, Simon
Zemagho, Lise
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Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome
Publication date :
17 January 2017
Journal title :
Scientific Reports
Publisher :
Nature Publishing Group, London, United Kingdom
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